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Winter Survival

Important Tips for Surviving Winter

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Updated February 06, 2014

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Winter brings storms, cold weather, ice fishing, skiing, black ice, and many other things that can be fun or scary or both. Staying safe isn't always about avoiding the dangers. If that was true, there wouldn't be any skiing. Instead, surviving winter is about being prepared for dangers. We can't stop the weather, but we can stock the pantry.

The following tips will give you the tools you'll need for winter survival - staying safe and sound. Read them before you need them; the internet won't work when the power goes out.

1) Hypothermia

Getting too cold can get you down. Make sure you stay warm enough and learn how to recognize and treat hypothermia.

2) Frostbite

The further your blood gets from your heart, the cooler it gets. That's why toes and fingers are more likely to freeze in extremely cold weather.

3) Avoiding Hypothermia

From handling ice to understanding wind chill, follow these tips to keep warm and safe in the coldest winter weather.

4) Extreme Cold at Home

Making your home safe for the winter is the most important step. This is where you'll be cozied up to the fireplace with a blanket and a book when the snow is too high to get out the door. Make sure you are ready for the cold and the storms that bring it.

5) Traveling in Extreme Cold

I wouldn't recommend getting in the car during a blizzard, but sometimes we really don't have a choice. Be safe on winter roads by preparing yourself and your vehicle for travel in extreme cold.

6) Staying Safe on the Ice

Traveling on frozen surfaces takes a bit of practice and some special equipment. Learn how to gauge the strength of the ice, what to wear, and what to take with you.

7) Extreme Cold Quiz

Once you think you know how to handle the extreme cold, take this quiz to see.

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