Chapter 2: Tips for if you MUST go outside during a winter storm
When a blizzard or ice storm is rolling in, it’s best to stay warm inside, but if you find that you must go outside for any reason then follow these tips to stay healthy and warm:
- Wear the proper clothing. It’s recommended to wear several loose fitting and lightweight layers of warm clothing, topped with a water resistant coat. If you don’t have snow clothing then be sure to dress in enough layers to retain your body heat. Warm socks and thick hats can help significantly so don’t miss that!
- Stay dry. Remove any wet articles of clothing and replace with dry, warm clothes when inside.
- Don’t overexert yourself. Shoveling heavy and wet snow can cause strain on your muscles, heart, and spine. Be aware of what your body is telling you, and take breaks when needed.
- Check for symptoms of hypothermia. Know the symptoms and when to reach out for help.