Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baby it's cold outside

As we head into Thanksgiving and the winter season here in the Northeast United States, snow and cold temperatures are becoming standard fare. But letting the kids play outside or trying to clear the driveway to get to work means being prepared to prevent cold-related health problems.

Be sure to know how to prevent against hypothermia and frostbite:
Frostbite by Eli Duke, Wikimedia
  • Wear warm clothing that covers your skin, especially as the wind chill values drop. Dressing in layers is helpful so you can adjust between different temperature settings without exposing your skin to the cold.
  • If you become covered in snow or your clothing gets wet, get inside where it's warm and remove the wet clothing.
  • Limit your time outdoors - yes, Frosty won't build himself, but he can be built in shifts so the kids' fingers and toes have time to warm up.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms so you can stop it before it starts!
Be safe out there!

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