How do I stay safe during outdoor winter activities?
In a nutshell: Layer up, check the forecast, take care around ice, and head inside when you feel cold. Dress in loose, noncotton layers, including a hat and gloves. (The space between the layers helps hold in heat.) On windy or snowy days, or when the temps dip below 0°F, consider staying in, and have a backup plan for indoor activity. If you must go out, wear a waterproof and windproof outer layer, and be sure to cover your face, head, and hands to prevent frostbite. Wear waterproof boots with grooved soles (or wear microspikes) for traction, and avoid pavement that looks wet or dark, which may be icy. Be sure to protect your diabetes supplies, such as insulin and meters (including CGMs), from freezing temps. Insulin doesn’t work as well after it’s been frozen (it should be thrown away), and many meters need to be at least 40°F to function. If you need to carry supplies outdoors, place them in an inner pocket so they stay warmer from your body heat, or use an insulated container.