With the onset of winter, a lot of us tend to keep indoors staying warm. While staying at home under layers of clothes, drinking hot coffee with your loved ones may do the trick, our Raleigh Car Service has come up with a few more tips on how to keep yourself safe this season.
Yes, keep those layers on. Exposure to the harsh conditions of this season will make you vulnerable to the dangers of the cold including, pneumonia, hypothermia, and frostbite. However, we are not suggesting that you overdress; overdressing may do more harm than good. When you are overdressed you will sweat more and your clothes will hold in that sweat, aiming you even colder than you would have been with just the right amount of clothing. Cover your head with a hat, wear gloves and socks, and wear at least one layer of thin water-resistant clothing.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
To keep ourselves warm we tend to close up all the windows and doors, light up our fireplaces, and turn on the air-conditioning. Its effective in keeping ourselves and our families warm but there is one danger in closing ourselves in like that; Carbon monoxide accumulation. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and to prevent its accumulation, we recommend that you install carbon monoxide detectors in every floor of your house, especially in the bedrooms. Carbon monoxide has no odor and there is no way to detect it, so ensure that the monitors actually work to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe throughout the season.
Maintain and Service your Vehicle
If you’re going to drive through the hazardous winter weather, it is important that your vehicle is in perfect working condition. Cold weather adversely affects car batteries and you would hate to be stranded out there so check your car battery’s health and ensure its charging system for optimum performance. Also, remember to replace your antifreeze; clean, flush, and add fresh antifreeze to your car’s cooling system in preparation for the extreme winter conditions that are hard on your engine. Additionally, purchase matching snow tires that will give you sufficient traction on the slippery winter roads, guaranteeing you better handling, stability, and control behind the wheel.
This sounds like hot weather as opposed to cold weather advice, right? Well, it is great advice for both. When it’s cold outside, you tend to breathe hard and as a result, you lose a lot of moisture. The best way to recover the water you’re losing is, of course, to stay hydrated; drink something warm like soup every few hours to keep you hydrated and also to warm you up this winter season.