Extreme Cold Safety Tips - What Is Wind Chill

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
  • wind.

General Info

  • 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.