Heath and Aging

Stay Safe in Cold Weather!

Summary—What you can do about hypothermia

  • Set your heat at 68 degrees or higher.
  • Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house.
  • Wear loose layers when you go outside on chilly days. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.
  • Don’t stay out in the cold and wind for a long time.
  • Talk to your doctor about health problems that may make it harder for you to keep warm.
  • Find safe ways to stay active even when it’s cold outside.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to check on you if you live alone.
  • If you think someone has hypothermia, call 911 right away. Cover him or her with a blanket. Don’t rub his or her legs or arms.

Publication Date: June 2011
Page Last Updated: March 24, 2014