Winter Preparedness: Heading Outside

Nov. 17, 2015: Day 2 of Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois, and the topic: out and about outside.

Living in the Midwest, you likely know how to dress, but a few friendly reminders:

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Layers are the best way to keep warmth in, but make sure they are loose and lightweight. Heavy and tight-fitting layers speed up heat loss by making contact with your skin. This is why mittens are better than gloves, since your fingers aren’t placed into a tighter fitting area.

Make sure to cover up exposed skin, especially your hands, nose, and ears. These areas lose heat the quickest, since they are out and away from the body. Your head also loses heat much faster than the rest of the your body as well, so having a hat handy is a good habit to be in.

Finally, make sure to take it easy on yourself when it comes to shoveling snow. Snow shoveling is a notorious cause for heart attacks in the winter, especially when the snow is wet and difficult to move. Take plenty of breaks, and ask someone to help if you aren’t in the best physical health.

More topics to come this week- stay tuned!

– Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on November 17, 2015

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