Current weather conditions are proving challenging for many Texans. While things are improving – power has been restored for many – taking steps to stay warm during the state’s ongoing inclement weather remains vitally essential. As such, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have provided many tips for staying warm, including the following.
The National Weather Service advises keeping blinds and curtains closed at night. Cover bare windows with blankets and stuff towels under doors to insulate your home and prevent drafts. During the day, assuming it is sunny outside, you can naturally heat the house by opening them. Avoid going out as much as possible. The purpose of insulating your home as much as possible is to retain heat.
Dress in Layers
Wearing multiple layers will help ensure your and your loved one’s warmth and comfort. The National Weather Service recommends donning loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing from head to toe. That includes putting on a hat, gloves, and thick waterproof socks. When settling in for the evening, huddle up with other household members or your pets, two to a blanket or sleeping bag for added warmth.
Camp in One Room
Set up camp – little kids will love thinking of it this way – in one room with all members of your family. Don’t forget your pets either. Choose a room with minimal windows and, if available, a fireplace or wood-burning stove. If you have multiple levels, regulate everyone to a room on the second floor, as heat tends to rise. Stock the room with non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets/sleeping bags, and extra clothing layers.
Eat and Stay Hydrated
Eating well-balanced meals and staying hydrated can help you and your loved ones maintain safe internal body temperatures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) advise against consuming caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as these can have the opposite effect. Choose meals and snacks that are high in healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Please Stay Safe and Healthy!
Woodlands Diagnostic Clinic is an internal medicine practice that provides patients with compassionate, quality care at either our conveniently located medical clinic or in the comfort of their home via teleconferences.
The physicians at Woodlands Diagnostic Clinic have been caring for the families of North Houston, Conroe, and The Woodlands for many years. They are committed to working with patients to optimize their health and well-being. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (281) 863-9554.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Dr. Charron offers extended hours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Our new medical clinic is located at 9201 Pinecroft Dr., Suite 200, Shenandoah, Texas 77380.
Please note that our office is currently closed due to the inclement weather in Texas; we will reopen on Monday, February 22, 2021.
“Dressing for Cold Weather.” The National Weather Service.
“How to Keep Warm Without Power.” US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas Facebook page.
“Stay Safe During & After a Winter Storm.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“What to do if you’re caught in a winter storm.” The National Weather Service.