Snow, and subzero is winter as we know it here. Time to get out all the layers. When Chiberia returns, the chic Chiberians get out the snow pants, the sweatpants, the fleece-lined pants. They pile on as many extra layers as they can. They mix and match. They add colors, too. There is Chiberian chic. Here is a post about it.
Yes, cold weather has its challenges. Dry air inside, wind chills outside. Keep in mind, it is more about the journey, now. Here are some outdoor safety tips--
If you are driving, please be aware that stray animals may be seeking warmth in your car engine. Knock on the hood, make noise to alert them. Even if it is a short commute or errands, it's a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car. Make sure your phone is charged. Drive slowly and allow space between vehicles. Pay attention, and allow extra travel time.
If you are walking, use extra precaution, especially on icy surfaces. Good tread boots offer traction, but balance is more important. Walk with a flat foot, rather than heel-to-toe. Falls can be dangerous. Yes, our padded layers can offer some protection, but this is not enough. A bump on the head can be a serious injury.
If you are shoveling snow, be careful. Heavy, wet snow is called heart-attack snow for a reason. Did you know a shovel full of wet snow can weigh over 20 pounds? That's a lot of heavy lifting! Even the light and powdery stuff can put a strain on back and shoulders. Let your legs do the lifting. Appreciate your progress, and take your time.
Again, it is important to dress for the cold weather. Hypothermia and frostbite can happen to anyone going outside. People who must work outside in this weather know to wear hats and gloves. Even if you are driving, you should, too.
Be safe, and enjoy the snow!
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