Take Precautions in Extreme Cold Weather

To lower your risk:

  • Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
  • Stay dry, and if you become wet, remove any wet clothing immediately.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • If the heat in your home doesn’t work properly, contact your local government to find a warming center near you.

(taken from Virginia Department of Health)

and check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.