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By Monique Lyle, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Information Officer

The combination of low temperatures and wind chill constitute a threat, especially to certain groups of people: older adults, children, and people with respiratory or other health problems. If you are in danger or experiencing severe health problems due to the weather, please call 911.

Below are some tips to help you and your family get relief from the cold and stay safe.

Be cautious and prepared!

  • Make sure that you have a 72-hour kit.
  • Check on those who are elderly and/or chronically ill.
  • Keep infants in a warm room since they lose heat easily.
  • Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about exercising or working in the cold.
  • If you are hiking, camping, or skiing during cold weather, avoid becoming overtired. Be extremely careful when walking in icy areas. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered paths.

Eat right

  • Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer.
  • Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Drink warm, beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, consult with your doctor.

Dress warmly and stay dry

Adults and children should wear:

  • A hat and a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • Water-resistant coat and boots
  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing if you are going to be outside

Don’t leave your pets outdoors

  • During extreme weather, bring your pets indoors and provide them with adequate food and water.
  • Remember to have an emergency plan for your pet too. Most shelters do not allow pets.

The Baltimore County Department of Health website has more information on cold weather resources, including warming shelters and other places to stay warm.  


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017