(Mirror Daily, United States) – According to the authorities, the United States will experience extreme temperatures this weekend, so it is good to prepare yourselves to face the cold. Some tricks are as easy as wrapping yourself in protective layers while others are more complicated and may require a trip to the mall.
Try to Stay Indoors
As the cold takes hold of the United States, the authorities are advising people to keep out of the cold and avoid leaving the house for matters that are not of the utmost importance.
If you do need to leave the house, then remember to wear multiple layers of clothing, warm hats, and thick gloves. Moreover, do not forget your scarf as it is important to protect your lungs from the effects of the frozen air.
Opt for wool instead of cotton. Wool keeps the heat trapped inside the clothing, while cotton has a cooling effect. Other natural fabrics like cashmere are also recommended.
Be on a Lookout for Signs of Frostbite or Hypothermia
The first signs of hypothermia are memory loss, uncontrollable shivering, a feeling of exhaustion, and drowsiness. When the condition worsens, the patients start feeling warm. Medical attention is required in both cases. Don’t forget that hypothermia can be fatal.
Frostbite symptoms include, but are not limited to, a pale appearance or a loss of feeling in extremities. Toes, fingers, and several parts of the face are the first to succumb to hypothermia.
Don’t Rely Only on the Temperature Reading
The wind considerably enhances the cold so make sure to check the weather report before heading out the door. Furthermore, keep in mind that the wind also deprives the body of heat faster and exponentially increases the chances of getting hypothermia.
Be Warry of Damp Clothing Items
If you are the kind of person who enjoys a good snowball fight, make sure that you remove all wet clothing as soon as you enter the house or that your snow battles take place in the vicinity of a warm house equipped with extra, dry clothing.
Weather Proof Your House
Weatherproofing your home can bring multiple advantages. For one, you can reduce the costs of your energy bills, and second, you will keep the heat inside your home.
Don’t forget to make sure that all your heating units are functional and have been checked by a professional. This time of the year is famous for more than just gingerbread and snowmen. During the winter, the number of people who die due to carbon monoxide intoxication skyrockets as a direct result of faulty heating units.
Don’t Forget About Pets
Pets are also sensitive to the cold weather so make sure they have a warm bed inside the house during this time of the year. Cats, for example, have their own tricks to stay warm like crawling into a bowl and preserving body heat.
In the hopes that these tips and tricks to stay warm will be of help to you this winter, we wish you Happy Holidays.
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