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Extreme Cold - A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

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Extreme Cold - Prevention Guide
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge.

Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.

Learn how to:

  • Plan ahead
  • Have an emergency supplies list
  • Prepare your home for winter
  • Prepare your car for winter
  • Have a winter survival kit for your car
  • Heat your home safely
  • Light and cook safely
  • Conserve heat
  • Monitor body temperature
  • Keep a water supply
  • Eat and drink wisely
  • Dress warmly and stay dry
  • Avoid exertion
  • Understand wind chill
  • Travel cautiously
  • Avoid ice
  • Be safe during recreational activities
  • Stay safe if stranded
  • Understand and avoid hypothermia and frostbite

Click here to view Extreme Cold - A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

For more information on cold weather conditions and health, please contact:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health, MS F52
4700 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
1-888-232-6789; EHHEinq@cdc.gov

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