Winter is here! And with it come the freezing temperatures that have all of us across Ontario huddling next to the fire and bundling up when we are forced to brave the freezing temperatures outside.
In Sudbury, the deep freeze is real; however, this doesn’t stop city activities and prevent us from enjoying the winter season. The following is advice on staying toasty warm, in this winter wonderland!
Enjoy Foods That Promote a Higher Body Temperature
During winter, it’s advised to eat foods rich in healthy fats. This diet helps to increase your metabolism, which in turn promotes a higher body temperature.
Forgo the Alcohol
When trying to best prepare your body to deal with freezing temperatures, it’s best to avoid alcohol. The liquid reverses some of the body’s reflexes that assist in regulating body temperature, which causes it to drop. Alcohol also causes you to sweat, which further reduces your body temperature in cold weather.
Remember the “Three-Feet-Rule” with Heaters
Depending on your home’s layout, heating and whether all rooms have been properly insulated, some rooms may be colder than others.
Space heaters are an effective way of bringing colder rooms up to a comfortable temperature. To avoid potential incidents, ensure any flammable items are at minimum three feet away from the heater at all times. Also, place your heater on a stable, non-flammable surface and always turn it off prior to leaving the home.
Keep an Eye Out for Furry Friends
Remember, cold temperatures aren’t just hard for us but animals as well. If you own animals that reside outside throughout the winter (farm animals or outdoor dogs), proper enclosures and shelters are essential to protect them from harsh winds and freezing temperatures. Animals will also need access to adequate bedding and insulated shelters for warmth. When temperatures are below freezing, it’s important to check their water to ensure it’s not frozen