Health Watch - Winter Survival: Bring a Coat

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about winter survival strategies. When you leave the house in cold weather, are you prepared for whatever might happen?

It may be tempting to not bother with a coat when you’re going from your garage at home to the parking garage at work or for a quick errand that doesn’t require leaving the car. But Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that could put you at risk for hypothermia. What if your car broke down or you got into an accident and you were stuck outside for a while? He says you should be prepared to spend an hour out in the cold whenever you leave the house. Don’t leave home without your coat, and to be extra-prepared, keep a blanket in the trunk of your car. If you live in an area where the weather can change rapidly, it’s a good idea to have a coat with you even if you don’t need one when you leave the house.

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January 2009

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