Taking the Bite Out of Frost

Indoors and out: Stay well this winter

Whether most of your time is spent indoors or outdoors during the cold months, these everyday tips can help you stay well this winter.


  • Make sure that your fireplace, wood stove or other heaters are correctly vented.
  • Get your home heating unit checked out.
  • Don’t use a charcoal or gas grill indoors.
  • Always keep an eye on candles when they’re burning.
  • Each floor of your home should have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they are in good working order. Check batteries often.


  • Stay dry. Dress in layers. Cover up with a hat, scarf and gloves.
  • If you have to work outside, dress warmly and work slowly.
  • Try not to walk on ice.
  • Tell someone where you will be before you go outside.
  • Stay off ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges if you can. Stay in your car if you become stranded.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunburns can happen even in winter.
  • Make sure to wear proper gear, such as helmets, when taking part in winter sports.


Cold weather causes extra strain on your heart. Check with your doctor before shoveling snow or doing other hard work in the cold. Your body is already working hard to stay warm, so go slow and don’t do too much.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention