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Winter Weather FAQs

This fact sheet presents frequently asked questions about winter weather. Answers include information on hypothermia, the warning signs of frostbite, the best clothing to wear during cold weather, and more.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

Winter weather can knock out heat and power and communications services to your home or office, cause traffic accidents on icy roads, and lead to hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems, particularly to infants and the elderly. This consumer health education brochure provides advice on what to do to ensure the safety of yourself and your family in the event of a cold-weather health emergency.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard

Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature drops below normal and stays low for a prolonged period of time. With advancing age, the body's ability to endure long periods of exposure to cold is reduced. Find tips here to help prevent hypothermia.

Review Date: August 06, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Preventing Frostbite and Hypothermia- (PDF)

This fact sheet offers tips on how to prevent, detect and treat cold-related illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Safety Council

Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults

When the temperature drops, older adults run a high risk of health problems related to the cold-including hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature), frostbite, falls in ice and snow, and injuries. This document offers tips on preventing hypothermia and other winter hazards.

Review Date: June 18, 2012

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Winter Weather: Protect Yourself and Others

This page provides preparation information about winter weather, including house and car checklists, emergency supplies, indoor and outdoor safety, and travel.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services