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Seven Steps to Cold Weather Safety

Seven steps to cold weather safety


Winter weather is hitting North Carolina this weekend.  Read on to make sure you’re ready for cold weather!

1) Listen to the weather forecast
Check the weather forecast before going out on TV or on-line.
Listen for a wind chill warning. Warnings are based on local climate and are issued when significant wind chills are expected.
2) Plan ahead
Develop a cold weather safety plan in advance to ensure that safety concerns are addressed when it’s very cold, or when the wind chill is significant. For example, schools could hold recess indoors, outside workers could schedule warm-up breaks, and those involved in winter recreation could reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors.
3) Dress warmly
Dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer.
When it is cold, wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves. Keep your face warm with a scarf, neck tube or facemask.
Wear warm and waterproof footwear. When it is very cold, or when the wind chill is significant, cover as much exposed skin as possible. Your body’s extremities, such as the ears, nose, fingers and toes lose heat the fastest.
4) Seek shelter
When the wind chill is significant, get out of the wind and limit the time you spend outside.
5) Stay dry
Wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
Remove outer layers of clothing or open your coat if you are sweating.
6) Keep active
Walking or running will help warm you by generating body heat.
7) Be aware
Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Some people are more susceptible to the cold, particularly children, the elderly and those with circulation problems.
Check on elderly relatives and neighbors to ensure they are warm enough and have sufficient supplies, particularly when the weather is cold or snowy. They might not feel comfortable going outside to shop and may require food, medications and other supplies.
The use of alcohol, tobacco and certain medications will increase your susceptibility to cold.

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