If you have to be out in the cold, always wear the proper clothing and pay attention to warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
In very cold weather, adults and children should wear:
- scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
- sleeves that are snug at the wrist
- gloves or mittens — mittens are warmer than gloves
- water-resistant coat and shoes
- dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes
Remember, continuous shivering is a signal that you should seek warm shelter. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol causes your body to lose heat more quickly. Warm beverages help maintain your body temperature.
During the cold winter months, please remember to check on elderly friends and neighbors to be sure their homes are properly heated!
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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