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Winter Weather Travel, Communication, and Health Precautions

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Wake County from noon today until 12 am tomorrow, Saturday, January 26.  The City of Raleigh Public Works Department has done a great job covering the streets with brine, but it is still a very good idea to limit driving during winter storms.  Not only do winter storms make driving treacherous but clogged roadways make it extremely difficult for snow-removal crews and emergency personnel to do their jobs.

The City of Raleigh is also asking people to use cell phones sparingly because emergency personnel cannot communicate if the channels are clogged. Remember too that 9-1-1 is there for emergencies only. Do not call 9-1-1 for information on closings or road conditions.  Tune into the media or the city’s website  for this information.

Additionally, WakeMed Emergency Departments typically see numerous weather- related accidents during each significant winter storm.  Take special precautions to ensure you and your families health and safety.

  • Falls – Falls are the number one injury we see during winter weather.  Be careful.  Take your time, wear appropriate shoes or boots, use handrails when available, and remove or clean your shoes when you get back inside.
  • Carbon dioxide poisoning – Never use portable heating equipment that is not approved for indoor use inside – including grills.
  • Pulled muscles – Shoveling snow is strenuous work.  When you are not used to that kind of movement, make sure to stretch to warm up your body and possibly prevent injury.
  • Sledding Accidents – Sleds can be great fun, but they can also be extremely dangerous.  See our previous blog about the proper way to sled and for goodness sakes wear a helmet!