When temperatures drop low, there are many simple safeguards you can take to prevent severe injury, Marshall said.
· Dress warmly
Layering your clothing will provide the best insulation and retain body heat. Wearing a non-permeable outer layer will minimize the effects of strong winds.
· Protect your extremities
Hands and feet are at greater risk of frostbite because body heat is naturally reserved in the torso to protect vital organs. So wear an extra pair of socks, and choose mittens because fingers stay warmer when next to each other.
· Wear a hat
You lose about 30 percent of your body’s heat from your head. Particularly good are hats that cover the ears and nose.
· Wear properly fitted winter boots
Boots that are too tight can limit or cut off circulation to the feet and toes. Also, choose a boot that’s insulated and has treads on the bottom for traction on ice and snow.
· Stay hydrated
The body uses a lot of energy to keep itself warm. Drinking plenty of fluids is important because your body will need frequent replenishing when fighting off the cold.
· Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible.
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