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In the cold, layer, layer, layer

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 10:12am  ET

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Frigid, dense air swirled across much of the U.S., forcing some cities and their residents into hibernation while others layered up and carried on despite a dangerous cold. (AP Photo/The Post-Crescent, Sharon Cekada )

WASHINGTON - With temperatures as cold as they are, keep common sense in mind as you head outside.

Remember, the body expends more than half of its energy while exposed to frigid outdoor air.

  • To prevent frostbite, keep ears covered, wear mittens instead of gloves, and wear warm, waterproof boots. Make sure the mittens and gloves fit well.
  • Layered clothing and clothes that are wind- and waterproof will keep your children warmer and dryer longer. Clothing, though, should let the kids move freely.
  • Cover the head, face and neck as much as possible. Without proper head gear, the body can be robbed of as much as half of its heat.

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