It’s not easy battling the cold, but taking the right steps during the winter season can mean the difference between comfort and danger. Here are some tips to help you keep your life moving when everything else is frozen solid.
Winter Weather Safety Tips
- Pay attention to the weather forecast. Listen especially for the wind chill warning, as these are based on local climate and are issued when substantial wind chills are projected. Forecasts can be accessed through radio and TV broadcasts, or online.
- Make plans. Have a cold weather safety plan that you’ve put together in advance, like having school recesses indoors if it’s too cold or scheduled warm-up breaks for outside workers.
- Dress correctly. There’s nothing worse than being cold, so make sure to dress in layers with a wind resistant layer on the outside. Have a hat and insulated gloves on hand, and keep your face warm with a facemask, neck tube or scarf. Footwear is important too, as your extremities lose heat faster than the rest of your body, so wear warm or water proof footwear and limit the amount of exposed skin.
- Find shelter. If you can, find shelter from the wind and limit the amount of time you spend outdoors when it’s cold.
- Stay dry. Wet clothes work to chill your body rapidly, so if you’re sweating remove layers or open your coat to dry off.
- Stay active. Moving around helps generate body heat to keep you warm.
- Know the signs. Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to the cold, so check on them often. The use of alcohol, tobacco and particular medications can increase one’s vulnerability to cold temperatures.
Stay warm and stay safe.
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