If you plan to go to an outdoor sporting event this winter, our six tips will help you prepare to cheer for your team while staying warm and safe.\nCheck the Weather Before You Head Outside\n\nYou know it’s going to be cold, but how cold?\nIs it going to rain or snow?\nWhat’s the wind chill?\n\nWatch your local weather forecast on TV or check the weather online. The weather forecast is usually for the whole week, so you can prepare in advance.\nDress Appropriately\nNow that you’ve checked the weather forecast, you can plan what to wear.\nIf you’re going to be out in the extreme cold, wear as many layers of warm clothing as possible. If it’s mildly cold, try to dress in just a few layers and pack an extra coat or sweater.\nItems to help you stay warm might include:\n\nThermals (long underwear or long johns)\nLong socks or leg warmers\nJackets, vests, and heavy sweaters\nGloves, scarves, and hats\nHand warmers for inside your gloves or mittens (these are inexpensive and sold at most sporting goods and department stores)\n\nBe Prepared for All Conditions\nIf you’re standing in the bleachers and it suddenly starts to rain, you’re going to be in a tight spot. Keep an umbrella, poncho, or warm jacket with you.\nAdditionally, have an indoor, heated place that you can get to. You don’t want to be stuck outside if the weather becomes extreme.\nWear Waterproof Shoes or Boots with Good Grip\nYou will want to be safe and dry as you navigate icy, wet, or snowy terrain.\nlf your feet are cold and wet, it won’t matter how well the rest of your body is bundled up, you will still be miserable!\nWear Gloves and\/or Mittens and Long Thick Socks\nThese protect your hands and feet, which are the hardest places to keep warm blood flowing.\nTry wearing thinner gloves underneath mittens, so when you need to do something precise with your fingers they don’t freeze.\nPack Warm Food\nSometimes all you need in chilly conditions is hot food or drink.\nCarry a thermos with hot drinks, soup, or noodles. Warm food and drink will warm you inside and keep your strength and spirits up.\nSigns and symptoms of hypothermia\nHypothermia\u00a0is a dangerous condition caused when your body loses more heat than it can produce. It’s usually a result of exposure to very cold temperatures.\nThe signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:\n\n\n\n\n\nSkin that is cold to the touch\nShivering at first, than absence of shivering\nLethargy, drowsiness\nWeakness, clumsiness\nIrritability, combativeness\n\n\n\n\nConfusion, delirium, hallucinations\nSlow reflexes\nSeizure, stupor, or coma\nSlowed, shallow, or arrested breathing\nSlowed, irregular, or arrested heartbeat\n\n\n\n\n\nTreatment for hypothermia\n\nGet out of the cold.\nReplace cold, wet clothing with warm, dry blankets.\nPlace heat packs under arms and on chest, neck, and groin.\nSit with knees tucked into chest.\n\nDo not:\n\nDirectly apply heat to arms and legs. This may force cold blood back to the heart.\nRub skin to reheat.