“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Riderwood’s Grounds Supervisor, Jack Vargo, Offers 10 Tips to Help You Stay Safe in Winter Weather (With an Assist from a Classic Song of the Season)
SILVER SPRING, MD (January 13, 2012) – Amid the upcoming onslaught of sub-freezing temperature, snow and wind chills dipping toward the zero-degree mark, the classic Frank Loesser song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” takes on new meaning for many people this time of year.
Jack Vargo, the Grounds Supervisor at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, offers the following 10 tips to help you prepare for winter, stay safe and get through it as easily as possible. And he does so with an assist from the song itself:
Tip #1: Carry a small bag of kitty litter in your trunk for traction.
Tip #2: Carry a small snow shovel in your vehicle.
“I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)
I’ve got to go away (Baby it’s cold outside_)
This evening has been (I’m hoping that you’d drop in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)…”
Tip #3: Carry a cell phone with a full charge along with a battery powered radio.
Tip #4: Always carry a flash light in your vehicle with spare batteries.
“I simply must go (Baby, it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (Baby, it’s cold outside)
This welcome has been (I’m lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)…”
Tip #5: Carry a fresh bottle of water and enough packaged foods (snacks) to provide for 12-24 hours.
Tip #6: Carry a blanket in your vehicle.
“I’ve got to go home (Baby, you’ll freeze out there)
Say, lend me your comb (It’s up to your knees out there)
You’ve really been grand (Your eyes are like starlight now)
But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)
Tip #7: On long trips always leave a travel plan with friends or family.
Tip #8: Carry extra clothes in your vehicle, particularly shoes/boots, socks and gloves.
“There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Making my life long sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died)
I really can’t stay (Get over that old that)
Baby, it’s cold outside…
Tip #9: Add a drop or two of dishing washing soap to your windshield washer reserve, this will aid in keeping ice and snow from sticking to your windshield.
Tip #10: Do not apply rock salt to concrete walkways, drives or patios. Rock salt will eat through the upper layer of concrete and cause flaking of the concrete surface.