- If outside, limit your time outside and layer your clothing. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or mask to warm the air you breathe.
- Avoid having bare skin exposed for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Frostbite can begin to occur in temperatures we are having within 10 to 15 minutes. A frostbite calculator is available here.
- Stay hydrated with fluids such as cocoa, warm cider, water; more fluids are needed in cold weather.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine, as they are dehydrating.
- Watch out for friends and others. Help them if they need help, or call for help.
Source: Michigan State University Physician, Dr. Beth Alexander, M.D., M.S.
Email sent to MSU community on January 23, 2013