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Posted on: January 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Limit Time Outdoors During Severe Cold

cold weather safety tips website

When dangerously cold temperatures strike, residents are urged to limit time outdoors for themselves and their pets, as well as to check in on friends and neighbors who may need assistance.

Safety tips

When cold weather strikes, officials recommend practicing the following safety tips:

  • Limit time outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind chill readings. In very cold, windy weather, exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes.
  • Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing rather than a single layer. Air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation against the cold. Wear windproof and waterproof outer garments to protect against wind, snow and rain. Choose undergarments that wick moisture away from your skin.
  • Wear a hat that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection.
  • Wear mittens rather than gloves, which provide better protection.


  • Watch for signals of frostbite. Early signs include redness, prickling and numbness.
  • Plan to protect yourself. When traveling in cold weather, carry emergency supplies and warm clothing in case you become stranded.

Additional tips on how to protect yourself and others from cold-related illnesses are available on the state’s Ready Illinois website at

Warming centers 

Warming centers are available to residents when triggered by extreme temperatures. View Dupage County Warming Centers near Lombard here  

Frozen Water Pipes

Often times in extremely cold weather, pipes in your house may freeze. See the Frozen Water Pipes page for tips to avoid frozen pipes and what to do if a pipe does freeze.

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