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                                       WELLNESS WISDOM  

                                               It is COLD Outside! 

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Did you know that extreme cold can be an environmental emergency?  Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people. The best way to avoid an emergency situation during extremely cold weather is to always be prepared and plan ahead. There are several areas that should be considered when prepping for extreme cold. Take a look at your home, are the water lines insulated on the outside walls? Are your windows weatherproofed? Did you have the chimney cleaned? What if the power fails? Do you have backup heat with proper ventilation? Take a look at your car, check your antifreeze, replace windshield-wiper fluid, check your tire pressure. Do you have a survival kit for the car and the home?  To help you prepare and plan ahead the CDC offers a 15 page guide that you can download at home at: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.html


                                                                  




                                      Tis the Season to Check your Radon Level

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.



For more information, please go to  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radon/index.htm


                     

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