Baby it's cold outside! The Maine Emergency Management Agency has posted safety tips to help get you through this cold spell.  Some of the tips may seem a little obvious, but you know there are people out there that need to be told.  Here they are:

Stay Safe in Cold Weather

  • Dress in layers.
  • Wear a warm hat – 30% of heat loss is through the head.
  • Wear a scarf and gloves.
  • Infants should be in a room in which the temperature is 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and warm/hot drinks.
  • Eat regular balanced meals to give you energy – good nutrition is important.
  • Keep active, but not to the point where you’re sweating.
  • Keep dry and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
  • Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, since all three cause heat loss.
  • Consider closing the door to unused rooms to keep the rooms you use most warm.
  • Ask your doctor if you are on any medications that affect your ability to maintain a steady body temperature (such as neuroleptic medications and sedative hypnotics).
  • Bring your pets indoors except for needed outdoor breaks.

Symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Decreased consciousness, sleepiness, confusion, and/or disorientation
  • Shivering, pale or blue skin, numbness, poor coordination, slurred speech
  • In severe hypothermia, shivering decreases or goes away, and the person becomes unconscious and has very shallow breaths.
  • Someone who has mild hypothermia may not take action to warm themselves
  • If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, call 9-1-1

Warming centers may open in some areas to provide respite from the cold.  Check with your town office or call 211 (dial 2-1-1 toll-free) to see if there is a warming center open in your area.