The National Weather service has issued a Wind Chill Warning until 12 p.m. on Tuesday due to the bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills expected to be between -20 and -30 degrees.
We have provided a list of safety tips on how to dress and information on what exactly is Wind Chill.
How should I dress?
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
- Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from your head.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are
- better than gloves.
- Try to stay dry and out of the
- Minimize travel
- Stay indoors during the worst
- part of the storm/extreme cold
- Keep a winter survival kit in your
- vehicle if you must travel
- Check tire pressure, antifreeze
- levels, heater/defroster, etc.
- Drive and walk slowly and
- carefully on snow and ice
- Keep adequate clothing and
- blankets on hand to stay warm
- Sufficient heating fuel should
- regular fuel sources be cut off
- Avoid overexertion when
- shoveling snow
For more detailed information on what to do before, during, and after winter storms and extreme cold, click the following link: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
What is Wind Chill?
- The temperature it “feels like” outside
- Based on a human face model
- Incorporates the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold
- As wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop
- Does not affect inanimate objects like cars or exposed water pipes.