As the many parts of the country deal with harsh winter weather and winter storms, people with disabilities will want to take extra precautions as some disabilities may increase limitations, such as being able to regulate/maintain body heat.
The following are some helpful winter safety tips for those with disabilities to keep you safer and warmer this winter!
Tips to Help Disabled Persons Stay Safer This Winter
If you (or someone you know) suffer from a disability, be sure to:
#1 - Wear multiple layers of clothing.
It is important to wear layered clothing during the winter because it keeps the body warm. Besides this, it is far easier to take layers off than to face the alternative: not having enough layers on to keep you warm. Additionally, you should be careful to wear a scarf, insulated gloves, doubled up socks, and a pair of lined, winter boots if going outdoors.
#2 - Carry a cell phone.
Even though it seems like a no-brainer, you should always carry your cell phone with you - even if it's to go to your mailbox. Too often, you hear about folks who manage to lock themselves out of their homes or out of their vehicles. Depending on where you live, you could be waiting a while before help arrives if you don't have a cell phone to call for help immediately.
#3 - Sign up with the Special Needs Registry in your area.
Each county within each state of the United States has what is called a "Special Needs Registry." This allows those residents who have special needs or who require special assistance to register with their county. In the event that there is a natural disaster or an evacuation, or something else that would require other assistance, your information will be on file in the area that you live in, making it more accessible to get the help that you need, when you need it most.
Refer to your local community to find out more information. Here is an example of the Special Needs Registry in Fairfax County, VA.
#4 - Always stock up on non-perishable food items.
Whether you rely on home-delivered meals or have a used wheelchair accessible van for your own transportation, winter weather can affect EVERYONE. In the event that you are advised to stay off of the roads until the weather has cleared, always be sure to keep plenty of nonperishable food in your pantry to last at least several days.
#5 - Put together a prescription plan of action with your medical staff.
In the even that you are shut in for an extended period of time due to weather, have a plan of action ahead of time to figure out how to handle prescription pill refill needs and other medical treatments/equipment, etc. This also includes having a back up plan in place in case your medical needs require the use of a power source, such as a battery pack or electrical source.
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