5 Tips for Weekend Warmth

By: HomeFirst Certified
March 01, 2014

Happy Saturday! It’s officially the weekend, and you’ll never believe this, but it’s supposed to be a cold one. Snow and/or freezing temperatures appear in the forecast both Saturday and Sunday. So, be sure to dress warm and minimize your exposure to the harsh outdoors.

Fortunately, we shouldn’t have to deal with this frigid winter much longer. Tomorrow the calendar flips to March, which to some signals the unofficial start of spring. Hopefully the weather will warm up significantly in the coming days. Until then, it’s important to stay focused on keeping your family (and pets) safe.

For the last time this season, here are 5 ways to keep safe in the cold:

1) Limit Exposure

Nobody wants to be cooped up around the house all day, not when there are so many fun recreational facilities in your manufactured home community. As long as you dress warm, it’s fine to spend some time outside. But limit your exposure to the elements as much as possible. If you have an outdoor project, like shoveling your driveway or sidewalk, take frequent breaks indoors to allow your body to warm up.

2) Cover Extremities

Your fingers, nose and ears are especially susceptible to frostbite. Take precaution by shielding your extremities with proper winter gear, such as gloves, scarfs and headbands. If you notice that your extremities are beginning to feel numb, expose them to warm water immediately.

3) Keep it Indoors

We know you’re dying for some outdoor fun. Trust us, we are too! But it’s in your best interest to keep the party indoors for at least another week or two. Hit up the town for dinner and a movie, or just hunker down in your warm, cozy manufactured home and enjoy quality time with the family.

4) Protect Your Pets

If you have a dog, he or she may be getting restless. They want to play outside, take extended walks, and get back to enjoying the fun and openness of the great outdoors. But you need to be firm, because even dogs that enjoy the cold are vulnerable to many of the same problems humans face by being outside too long.

5) Drive Slowly

As every Michigan driver can attest, our roads are not in the best shape right now. They are dotted with potholes, black ice and other potential dangers. When you’re behind the wheel, be extra careful and keep an extra close eye out for potholes.

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