We are currently in the middle of a “heat wave”, but winter is far from over! It is only January, and the temperature may drop to frigid levels multiple times before spring is truly on its way. If you enjoy winter sports or work outside in the cold (shoveling, snow blowing, etc.), make sure to take the proper precautions to stay safe and warm. The Centers for Disease Control recommend the following tips to help you have a healthy winter:
- When dressing for winter temperatures, wear a wind-resistant coat or jacket and layers of warm clothing underneath.
- Cover any exposed areas by wearing gloves, a hat, and a scarf, and wear waterproof boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
- If you begin experiencing redness or pain in any skin area while outside, head indoors or protect the exposed skin. This could be the first sign of frostbite, a serious injury that can permanently damage the body.
- If you are working outside, take your time and sprinkle cat litter or sand on any icy patches before you begin.
- If you like to ski or enjoy other winter sports, never go alone and always carry a cell phone with you.
When in doubt, play it safe and stay indoors, especially if the weather service has issued weather advisories. Here’s hoping that spring is just around the corner!