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How to prep for outdoors in extreme cold

The Indiana Department of Health advises you to wear a hat or hood, mittens and loose-fitting layers along with water-resistant coats and boots.

If you have to brave the outdoors in these sub-zero temperatures, health officials want you to be smart about it.

The Indiana Department of Health advises to wear a hat or a hood as most heat is lost through your head.

Wear layers of loose-fitting clothing, it helps if your sleeves are snug at the wrist, and mittens--they're warmer than gloves.

Keep in mind that babies and older adults are most vulnerable to the intense cold.

Be on the lookout for symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. See a doctor immediately if you notice symptoms.

Symptoms of hypothermia:

  • shivering

  • exhaustion

  • confusion

  • fumbling

  • memory loss

  • slurred speech

  • drowsiness

Symptoms of frostbite:

  • white or grayish-yellow skin

  • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy

  • numbness

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