Weather turns wintry

Carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of kerosene stoves or coal-based heating devices can be lethal.

December 6, 2017 03:50
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Aerial view of Jerusalem in snow

Aerial view of Jerusalem in snow. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)


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Monday felt like June, but Wednesday will seem more like January. Magen David Adom has called on the public to prepare for cold winter weather in the second half of this week by ensuring that the elderly (especially those who live alone), infants and others are properly heated and protected.

MDA said it is already prepared to respond to emergencies in which people are hurt as a result of the colder weather. Medical teams in the field have been instructed to provide rapid, professional and full emergency-medicine services to anyone in need, it said.

MDA asked the public to remain cautious to avoid accidents and injuries caused by the cold, rain and strong winds. Make sure people are protected against such frigid, wet weather. For any medical emergency call MDA at the 101 emergency line.

Patients who use respiratory machines at home should have backup batteries on hand in case of a power shortage. Fasten outdoor objects around the home that may blow in the wind. Beware when opening and closing windows as they may slam due to the strong wind.

Carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of kerosene stoves or coal-based heating devices can be lethal. Symptoms of poisoning from the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness and a general bad feeling. In severe cases, the victim may lose consciousness. Call an ambulance in such an emergency.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning isn’t noticeable prior to the appearance of symptoms, always ventilate rooms and ensure there is proper air circulation while using heating devices.

Keep heaters away from flammable objects and never leave clothes to dry over such devices. Keep young children away from electric sockets and keep electric devices a safe distance from water (especially in the kitchen and bath).

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