• Wear layers. It is better to wear multiple thin layers rather than fewer thick layers. Layers help indoors, too.
• Minimize your time outside but when you need to be outdoors, say to walk the dog, bundle up with a long winter coat, gloves, a hat and a scarf. Use the scarf to cover your mouth. This helps warm the air you breath before it enters your lungs.
• Keep a shovel and salt in your car, which can help you (or a neighbor) get unstuck quickly and safely in the event of being snowed or iced in.
• Check in on older adults who may be more susceptible to hypothermia. Remember that hypothermia is not limited to exposure outdoors.
• Be aware of hypothermia symptoms and know that they occur gradually and that someone with hypothermia may not realize it until it’s too late. Symptoms include*:
Clumsiness or lack of coordination
Slurred speech or mumbling
Confusion or difficulty thinking
Poor decision making, such as trying to remove warm clothes
Drowsiness or very low energy
Apathy or lack of concern about one’s condition
Progressive loss of consciousness
Slow, shallow breathing
*According to the MayoClinic