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Cold Weather Safety Tips

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 by UVM Health Network - CVMC

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It’s wintertime in our region and it’s still a great time to be active, but getting stuck out in the cold can cause serious health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

Whether you’re skiing, ice fishing, or just taking a walk in the woods, a little preparation goes a long way.

  • Check the forecast. If you’re headed to the mountain, expect colder temperatures, deeper snow, and more wind the higher you go.
  • Dress in layers, but leave the cotton at home – it soaks up sweat like a sponge. For your base layers, choose wool or polyester, which wick moisture away from the skin.
  • Add puffy layers like fleece, down or synthetic insulation, and a wind-resistant shell to seal out the elements.
  • Always wear a hat, gloves or mittens, and a scarf or mask to protect your face.
  • Be sure to tell someone where you’re going, and bring water and snacks in case you’re outside longer than you planned.

Be safe, stay warm and have fun!

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