1. Stock up
Have a week’s worth of food and safety supplies on hand to avoid having to leave the house. That includes drinking water, canned food, prescription drugs, battery-powered lights and radio.
2. Wear layers
If you must go outside, know the right way to wear layers: The layer closest to your skin should be a wool or synthetic material – not cotton. Cotton does a bad job of moisture management. The next layer should be a warm layer that’s not cotton, like a sweater or fleece. After that, put on a coat, ideally one that is waterproof and insulated.
3. Watch for signs of frostbite (not so much in Florida, but still)
Depending on the temperature and wind chill, frostbite can set in within minutes. The first sign is a prickly or itchy sensation. Next, the skin will turn red, white, pale or grayish-yellow and start looking hard or waxy. Then comes numbness and blisters. If you get blisters, don’t pop them.
4. Leave faucets slightly on
In extremely cold weather, water pipes can freeze and even break. To help prevent this, leave your tap water on a little bit so it’s dripping continuously. Also, open your kitchen cabinet doors under the sink to allow more heated air to get to the water pipes.
5. Don’t overexert yourself
Avoid straining too much or the exertion could lead to a heart attack. Warning signs of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest that lasts a few minutes, shortness of breath, and pain or discomfort in the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
6. Protect your pets
For small dogs, keep them warm outside for them to do their business. Short-haired dogs may need to wear a sweater before going outdoors. Give their paws a good wipe-down after they come inside.
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