Caring for children, youth and pets in the cold winter months

Explore ways to care for your prized possessions during the winter months.

As you prepare for the cold season, one of thegirl and dog things to keep in mind is safety. From your home to your car, children or pets, it is always best to plan ahead. One of the things you want to make sure you do is to check the weather forecast. This will aid you in how you plan for the day or days to come. When it comes to your car, you want to make sure you have your car winterized. This will help you in lessening the chance of your car breaking down during severe cold temperatures outside. Winterizing your car will also help you maintain a better gas mileage as well. When you are winterizing your home, some of the things you need to keep in mind are pipes bursting, insulation, flammable material in the furnace room, the proper use of fireplaces, etc. The department of energy also has some great tips on making sure your home is energy efficient.

When it comes down to caring for your pets during the cold weather season, you want to make sure you are checking the temperature outside. This is extremely important if you have pet living outside. Make sure that your pets have adequate food and water.

When it comes to infants and youth, make sure they are dressed appropriately in warm clothes. They should have a warm coat, hat, scarf and mittens or gloves. This will ensure that little ones are being protected from frost bite. It is really important to monitor infants because they don’t generate enough heat for their bodies to maintain the proper body temperature for them to function in cold weather. They should have very limited exposure to the cold during the winter months. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides some additional information that is important for families to know about cold weather safety.

Always remember safety first. If you are unsure about the weather, you can always call the local weather station or watch for no cost at all.

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