Tips for low temperatures

  • It is necessary to follow the meteorological bulletin broadcast on radio and television. Postpone the trip, if it is not necessary, some of the roads will be closed due to winds.

  • Put on warm clothes, choose suitable shoes and gloves, put water and a few sandwiches in your bag.

  • If you still decide to go by car, it must have a working radio. Carry a charged mobile phone. Make sure you have enough fuel, chains, rope, shovel, flashlight and ax. The tires should not be too inflated, put chains.

  • Choose first-class roads, even if you travel more kilometers, they are cleared of winds with priority. Drive slowly and be careful when passing buildings, power lines and trees.

  • Observe the temporary markings placed by control bodies and road services.

  • If on the way you come across overcrowded cars, mark the place and report on tel. 112, the traffic police, the Road Services, the teams of PBZN / Civil Protection /.

  • In case you are stuck in snow drifts, avoid continuous operation of the engine at idle, due to the danger of poisoning, turn it off periodically. Tie a garment with a bright color to the antenna to be noticed.

  • Help those in need. Massage the slightly frozen parts of the body. If necessary, transport the victims to a hospital.

  • Do not stop to rest outdoors, except in populated areas and roadside motels. If the situation is complicated, stop the trip by stopping at the nearest town.

  • When you need to move on foot, equip yourself with appropriate shoes and warm clothes and gloves. Carry a charged cell phone, transistor and flashlight. Avoid moving alone, walk away from buildings, power lines, poles and trees, take measures against frostbite of the limbs.

  • Bring medicines and a thermos with tea or other hot and sweetened drinks. Do not drink alcohol!

  • In the settlements, contact the administrative authorities, PBZN, Ministry of Interior or the Road Services.

BEWARE OF THE DANGER OF FREEZING!
Exposed parts of the body can freeze not only at very low temperatures, but also with a combination of cold, moisture and strong winds. Therefore:
  • Provide dry clothes, hats and gloves.
  • When tired, do not stop completely, slow down, but do not lie down and do not sit on the snow - such a break in the snow is a danger of "white death" due to general hypothermia. If possible, drink more warm liquids and high-calorie foods.
  • In case of loss of sensitivity of different parts of the body, rub gently until the sensitivity is restored and only with dry clothes.
  • In case of blisters on the frozen parts of the body, make a sterile bandage, well insulated from the cold and arrange as soon as possible evacuation of the victim to the hospital.
  • Organize transport of the victims to a hospital.



Phones for contact with the National Assembly of the Bulgarian Red Cross - Secretariat:
Disaster Management Directorate
tel: 02 49 23 070
tel: 02 49 23 069
E-mail: dp@redcross.bg

Duty Mountain Rescue Service: 02 963 20 00