Brave The Elements, Stay Warm This Winter

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Arctic temperatures are blanketing 2/3 of the U.S. this week.  In fact, some cities are seeing colder temperatures than those in actual arctic areas, and freeze warnings have reached as far south as Florida.

Despite the frigid temperatures, many drivers are still forced to endure the cold.

According to the Weather Channel, frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly.  In 10 degree temperatures with wind gusts at 30 mph, you could hypothermia and/or frostbite  in just 30 minutes of exposure!

Frostbite and Hypothermia
Image Credit: The Weather Channel

There are many ways to protect yourself from the affects of cold weather.

Wait at least 60 minutes to go outside after you’ve showered.

Don’t go outside with wet hair.

Cover as much of your skin as possible.

Dress in layers:

Layer 1 or Base Layer: Should be moisture-wicking.

Layer 2: Moisture resistent clothing.

Layer 3: Coat

Recognize the symptoms of:

Hypothermia

Frostbite

Winter Gear

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Invest in a few good pairs of gloves, so that if your gloves get wet, you can change them quickly. Also, hot hands help keep your hands warm.

 

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Choose wool or cotton crew socks. Try to avoid ankle or no-show socks. Also add Toasty Toes or Heated Insoles.

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Baklavas are a great alternative to a ski mask. They protect your head, ears and neck without obscuring your view. Many are adjustable, as well.  Try a Buff.  They can be worn several different ways.

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A good base layer is very important. Look for moisture wicking material and make sure that it fits but is not too snug or too loose.

 

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