Cold Winter Tips
How to Survive The Cold
Winter is still upon us with some extremely cold temperatures. February has brought us some temperatures that feel on the south end of zero. So as you make your way through the arctic that has found itself a new home in New England, remember these tips to stay warm!
Layers are the best way to stay warm outside. But the most important thing to remember is to cover your extremities. Fingers and toes are the first places where hypothermia will start! Hand warmers can be a great solution in sub-zero temperatures. And always make sure your shoes are well insulated.
Keep Heat Going
Make sure your home is always properly heated, even when you’re not home! Returning inside should be welcomed with warmth, not more chill inducing temperatures. Leaving the heat at a decent level will prevent your pipes from freezing, which will save you a lot of time and trouble of having to try and unfreeze them.
But Be Careful!
When doing things like heating up your car, be careful of where you’re doing it. If you’re inside, don’t let the car run in the garage too long, as the carbon monoxide can be deadly. And if you’re warming it up outside, be careful that no one will come around and take it!
If you’re using a space heater, be careful that nothing flammable is around. A good rule of thumb is to keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from a space heater.
Know The Terms
It’s important to know the terms for storms and weather in the colder months. Here are some that you should be familiar with (courtesy of NBC).
- Freezing Rain – Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
- Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
- Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
- Winter Storm Watch – A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.
- Winter Storm Warning – A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
- Blizzard Warning – Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
- Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected.
For the Kids
Always make sure kids have adequate layers. Hats and mittens are a must whenever children are playing outside. Be sure to have any child drink water regularly as it will regulate their body temperature. Temperatures below 20 degrees should also be avoided when looking for times to play outside. To read more about keeping kids safe outside in the cold read this link.
Stay warm, stay safe, and HAVE FUN!