Pretty happy that recovering from oral surgery gives me a free pass to stay inside. And act as the person who bundles my poor parents up in scarves and hats and passes out hand warmers.

A few tips for hand warmers:

When using them with gloves, set them on the back of your hands and pull the gloves over them. Some gloves have pockets on the back of the hand for such use. This keeps the blood vessels on the back of your hands warm and helps keep your hands from getting cold quickly.

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Some hand warmers can cause burns; depends on the types of chemicals that are in it. I've had the best luck with the activated charcoal ones—I've been able to keep them on bare skin for hours without problems. Be careful when you're using them; take breaks every so often and check your hands for problems.

For other cold problems:

-From my local newspaper: if your pipes freeze, you can thaw them by taking a hairdryer and applying even and slow heat to the surface of the pipes.

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-Red or white skin can indicate frostbite; if this happens to you, get inside and warm your skin up slowly.

-Cover your face, wear insulated clothing. Wool socks are good.

-Kerosene heaters are god, especially if your power is out. Those things can heat an entire house very efficiently. Kerosene lamps can also work as small heaters.

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If you guys have other cold-weather survival tips, please put them here. This weather can be extremely dangerous, so let's get through it together.