How to prepare for winter weather

A pedestrian walks between rows of snow-covered trees on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Worcester, Mass. during a snowstorm on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Paul Kapteyn/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Red Cross is warning people to get prepared for the cold weather right now, before any potential snow hits.

If you’re going to be outside be sure to bundle up, wear a hat and gloves. We spoke with The Red Cross’s Laura Seyfang who says if you have to be outside, take breaks and limit your time as much as possible.

“A lot of light layers is what helps keep our body heat best,” Seyfang said. “And try not to over exert yourself out there. Always keep hydrated and look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.”

For hypothermia, some of those signs include dizziness, confusion and extreme fatigue. If you start to feel any of those symptoms get inside and get warm. If it gets more severe, go to the emergency room.

As for frostbite, watch out for any numbness or skin discoloration. Be sure get help if you skin starts to turn gray or blue, or even white. Also, this time of year you want to be prepared for the snow before it hits.

Local hardware stores have been stocking their shelves full of shovels and salt. Because of last year’s mild winter, some items were actually carried over for this year.

Brian Naber at Ace Hardware says make sure your home is stocked with a shovel and ice melt, but also have your car stocked as well.

“Make sure you have a good scraper,” Naber said. “Something that’s comfortable in their hand. I would have a jug of ice melt as well. And probably have a compact car shovel have that in the trunk and probably a blanket or two.”

Here’s the full list of what you should have this winter: Ready.Gov’s List

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