Fight Back Against Winter’s Chill

Most of us have a personal threshold for unacceptable cold, and plenty of winter still lies ahead to test our limits. You may shiver painfully just at the thought of temperatures dipping below 50 degrees. You may refuse to go outdoors when the thermometer dips below the 32-degree freezing mark. Wherever you draw a line in the snow, there are some ways you can stay warmer until Spring. Here are some hints:
Stay healthy.
It is vital to drink plenty of water and stay well-nourished in cold temperatures. Get an annual flu shot and wash your hands frequently. Safeguard your health.
Winterize your home.
Insulating the roof, walls, door frames, window sashes and door frames will reduce drafts. Reduce heating expenses by setting your thermostat at a comfortable 68 degrees to 72 degrees during the day. Turn the thermostat down at night to save money and wear pajamas and snuggle under blankets to sleep.
Drive safely.
Make sure your car can cope with winter conditions. Properly inflated tires with good tread, a radiator filled with antifreeze, working windshield wipers brimming with no freeze window washer fluid are all vital to safe travel. Check that you stored emergency numbers in your fully charged cellphone. Carry with you blankets, flashlight, flares, ice scraper and small shovel. Stock up on drinking water and snacks or sandwiches if you are driving far from home.
Layer on clothes.
The most warmth comes from covering up more of your body. Trap your natural body warm by piling on layers of loose fitting garments. Start with a insulating inner layer next to your skin. Finish off with an outer layer designed to block out water and wind. Wet clothing wicks warmth away from your body instead holding it in.
Protect your tootsies.
Invest in lined waterproof boots rated by temperature for your cold feet. Look for footwear with slip resistant soles or cleats to protect against slips and falls on on icy pavement. Your head has practically no insulation against the cold, so cover your noggin and ears with hats or earmuffs. The best jacket stops at your chin, and the tightest-tied hoodie won’t keep out wind. Wrap up up in a scarf for an added layer of protection.
Shovel smart.
Consult your doctor before you start clearing snow and ice off your sidewalk. Exercise extra caution if you have heart disease. Stretch before you begin and start slowly. If you feel dizziness or tightness in your chest, stop immediately. Don’t smoke while shoveling. Don’t shovel after eating.
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