Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15: Cold Weather Dressing Tips

Posted on 11/12/2019 1:48:10 PM

The teeth-chattering cold is officially here and cold weather can be dangerous. Follow these tips on how to dress for the conditions. 

A person bundled up in winter clothing during a snowfallDress in layers. Several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

Wear the right gear. Our bodies prioritize keeping our organs warm, which means hands and feet are typically the first to feel the cold. Wear either wool-lined winter gloves or heavy mittens, sturdy waterproof boots, and a hat one that covers your ears. Cover your face and mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Add one more. Children get cold faster than adults. That’s because they can’t regulate their body temperature as well. As a rule of thumb, dress babies in one more layer than what you’re wearing (e.g., you may not need a jacket, but they do), but don’t go overboard. Bundling them up too much may cause them to overheat.

Check your comfort. Shivering is an important first sign that you are losing body heat and need to go inside.

Pack a dry bag. Pack a cold-clothes emergency kit equipped with extra gloves, socks, pants, and shirts. It’s always good to have extra clothes in case yours get wet. 

This message is brought to you by the IUP Emergency Management Office.