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Itasca, IL, Jan. 6, 2015 – Temperatures are plummeting across the country. Regardless of where you live, everyone will likely be exposed to severe winter weather at some point in their lives.I As the weather turns frigid, the National Safety Council urges Americans to take precautions to stay warm and safe.
More than 600II weather-related deaths occur each year, with 25 percent due to temperature extremes. An average of 11,500III injuries requiring medical treatment occur each year from shoveling – more than half from exertion, 20 percent from falls and nearly 7 percent from cardiac problems. Inside the home, 50IV percent of home heating fires are reported in December, January and February.
Follow these tips to stay safe in severe cold weather:
I Ready.govII Injury Facts, 2014 editionIII American Journal of Emergency Medicine studyIV National Fire Protection Association
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