Winter Weather: Tips on Staying Warm from the Chicago Department of Public Health
  • 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 call 911.
  • 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. Offer assistance.
  • 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.
During times of extreme temperature the city of chicago will open warming centers. For assistance call 3-1-1. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.