Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays, sports, and SNOW!!!
It is also a time to be extra careful about how we dress and how long we stay outside.
Staying warm and safe can become a challenge.
Preparing for extreme cold is very important. Whenever temperatures drop decidedly
below normal and wind speed increases, heat leaves your body more repidly.
It is very important to cover your head since most of your body heat exits through the head.
Adults and children should wear:
-a hat and a scarf to cover face and mouth
-sleeves that are snug at the wrist
-mittens or gloves (mittens are actually the warmer choice)
-water-resistant coat and boots in snow
-several layers of loose fitting clothing
-tightly woven outer layer to resist wind and reduce body heat loss
Stay dry--wet clothing increases loss of body heat.
Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever
you feel too warm.
Don't ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat.
Persistent shivering is signal to return indoors.
"HEART SAFE ADVICE"
Cold weather puts an extra strain on your heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure,
follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow.