Cold weather at this time of year helps to make it feel more like winter. However, cold weather can be dangerous.
Dress Warmly And Stay Dry:
Be Safe During Recreation:
Wear hats and mittens and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
Don't overdo it. Avoid becoming overtired, and watch for signs of cold-weather health problems.
Keeping in good shape will help you participate in activities such as outdoor recreation. Take it easy at first with a warm up, and stretch after finishing.
Recognize Cold-Weather Injuries:
Know the symptoms and first aid for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
Symptoms Of Hypothermia:
• Confusion/fumbling hands
• Memory loss/slurred speech
• Bright red, cold skin
• Very low energy
If you notice any of these signs, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency.
Understand Wind Chill:
Be aware of the wind chill factor, serious weather-related problems are more likely.