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Tips to Prevent Cold Related Illness

Date Released: 
Sat, 01/25/2014

Preventing Hypothermia and Frostbite

  • Wear layers of loose, warm clothes; wool is best.
  • Wear mittens (they are better than gloves) a hat that covers your ears, and well-fitting, waterproof boots.
  • If you are outside, cover your mouth to protect your lungs from the extreme cold. Do your best to stay out of the wind.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.


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