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It is that time of year again when the temperatures dip down low, reminding us all that we need to remember these winter safety precautions. 

Adults and Children should wear:

  • a hat
  • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • several layers of loose-fitting clothing
  • water-resistant coat and boots


Additional Tips:

  • Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
  • Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
  • Do not leave areas of the skin exposed to the cold.
  • Avoid perspiring or becoming overtired. Be prepared to take emergency shelter.
  • Pack dry clothing, a two-wave radio, waterproof matches and paraffin fire starters with you.
  • Do not use alcohol and other mood altering substances, and avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
  • Carefully watch for signs of cold-weather health problems.


Have a safe and warm winter!


Resource:  https://www.cdc.gov