Health Watch - Warmth: Carry a Coat

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about staying warm and staying safe. We’ve been discussing ways to keep your home warm without risking burns or carbon monoxide poisoning, but it’s also important to stay warm when you leave the house.

When you’re just running out for a quick errand or going from your home garage to a parking garage at work, it may be tempting to not bother bringing a coat, but that could leave you at risk for hypothermia. You never know when you might have car trouble and be stuck outside for a while. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should be prepared to spend an hour outdoors whenever you leave the house in the winter. Take a coat with you even if you don’t plan to use it. It’s also a good idea to keep a couple of blankets, a flashlight and some water in your car so you’ll be ready for winter emergencies.

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January 2010

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