Tips for dealing with extreme cold

December 22, 2008 4:31:25 PM PST
It's shaping up to be a blue Christmas in the Delaware Valley.With extremely cold temperatures gripping the area, Montgomery County is extending the Code Blue cold weather emergency until 12:00 p.m. on December 24th.

A Code Blue declaration is made in Montgomery County when the combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20 degrees or less.

To help stay warm, and safe, officials offer the following tips:

  • Keep room temperature at least 65 degrees
  • Wear layers of cotton clothing
  • Avoid sleeping in the clothes you wore during the day
  • Find out if any medicines you are taking makes you more sensitive to cold
  • Stay active around the house instead of sitting still
  • Eat well balanced, nutritious meals help the body produce its own heat
  • Drink warm, sweet drinks like hot cocoa or sweetened coffee
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks - they can cause your body to lose heat

Links for more information:

CLICK HERE for more tips on extreme cold safety

CLICK HERE for more on Montgomery County's Code Blue alert

CLICK HERE for tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CLICK HERE for tips on keeping your pets warm and safe

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