Continued Cold Prompts Reminders

December 11, 2009

Continued cold and icy conditions are keeping City of Madison firefighters and paramedics busy with a heavier-than-usual call volume of slips and falls, traffic crashes, injuries stemming from snow removal, and cardiac conditions as the result of overexertion.

As the City continues to cope with the effects of this week's extreme weather, the Department has some additional safety reminders for residents:

1.Resist the temptation to warm your car in the garage - even with the garage door open, carbon monoxide in living spaces is the likely result. Shortly after midnight, firefighters were called to a report of carbon monoxide exposure from an underground garage in a townhouse complex. Residents were evacuated and the building was ventilated. There were no medical emergencies stemming from the incident.

2.The extreme cold temperatures increase the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. The probability of overexposure increases with the consumption of alcohol. If you will be outside, make sure your skin is covered and protected from the cold.

3.Despite bitterly cold temperatures, the thickness of ice on the lakes is not sufficient to support your weight. The cold temperatures must be sustained over time before the ice becomes thick enough for people to walk on it.

Contact:
  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947
  • (608) 575-4943