Cold Weather Advisory: Stay In, Stay Warm, Stay Safe

A cold weather advisory has been issued in response to extremely low temperatures predicted for the next couple of days. According to several weather reports, the next few days may be some of the coldest the city has seen this year. With temps expected to be in the teens to single digits, the cold is expected to be especially bitter. As such, the BPD wants to remind residents to take the necessary precautions in anticipation of the severely cold weather. With that thought in mind, please consider some of the following safety tips before venturing outdoors. If you have an emergency situation, please dial 9-1-1 directly.

Clothing: More is better. Wear mittens, gloves or both. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.  Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Utilize things like thermal underwear, undershirts, track suits, sweaters, snowsuits, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves. Be sure that your outer layer is tightly woven and windproof.

Children: Keep them warm & safe by keeping them indoors if you can. When temps drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, that's when it's best to keep infants inside.  Dress children warmly and in bright colors. Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play.

Elderly: Check on elderly family & neighbors. The elderly are particularly susceptible to cold-related illness. Ensure elderly family and neighbors have adequate heat and nutritious food.

Pets: Keep pets indoors. Pets suffer in the cold just like humans, yet they have little means to protect themselves. Keep pets safe by keeping them in doors.

How Long is Too Long When Spending Time Outdoors: If you have to stay out in the cold for work, be sure to take frequent breaks where it is warm. Avoid getting wet. Moisture can speed the onset of hypothermia. Drink non-caffeinated fluids. Dehydration occurs more quickly in cold, dry weather. Be sure to keep yourself well hydrated, especially if you are exerting yourself. Cover exposed skin and watch for frostbite. In extreme cold, frostbite can happen in under a minute. The symptoms of frostbite include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek help immediately.

For more info about how to stay safe and warm when the cold weather comes, click on the following link:  www.CityofBoston.gov/cold.