Dressing for Winter Weather
When the weather is cold and the winds are blowing, it's best to try to stay indoors. If you do need to go out, make your trips as brief and safe as possible. Often in Oklahoma, the snow brings children and sleds out no matter what the temperature. Below are tips on how to dress to protect you and your children from the cold.
Essential cold-weather gear for everyone includes:
- A hat
- A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
- Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
- Water-resistant coat and shoes
- Several layers of loose-fitting clothing
The outer layer of your clothing should be tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.
Make sure you stay dry. When your clothing gets wet, it chills your body rapidly. Remember, excess perspiration will also increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body.
Do not ignore shivering. Shivering is an important first sign that your body is losing heat. Persistent shivering should be a signal that your body is too cold and you need to return indoors or seek shelter.