Tips on Staying Warm from the Chicago Department of Public Health
During times of extreme temperature the city of chicago
will open warming centers. For assistance call 3-1-1.
- Maintain a room temperature of at least 68 degrees during the day
and evening and 63 degrees overnight.
- Wear layers of warm dry clothing including hat and gloves.
Wet clothing negates the insulating effect.
- Cover exposed skin surfaces as protection from frostbite.
Warm gradually by wrapping or placing next to warm skin.
Do not rub affected areas.
- Be aware of hypothermia: stiff muscles, puffy face, slowed breathing,
poor physical condition and mental confusion. If these signs are recognized
- Drink non-alcoholic beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup.
- Maintain good nutrition and get plenty of rest.
- Prescription drugs may increase vulnerability to cold.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Be aware of the elderly and disabled living alone.
- It is dangerous to use an oven as a heating device.
All space heaters are a fire risk if used improperly.
- Individuals 65 and older should obtain a flu shot every year.