Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Staying Safe In Cold Weather

Cold weather at this time of year helps to make it feel more like winter. However, cold weather can be dangerous.

Dress Warmly And Stay Dry:
Wear hats and mittens and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

Be Safe During Recreation:
Don't overdo it. Avoid becoming overtired, and watch for signs of cold-weather health problems.

Stay Active:
Keeping in good shape will help you participate in activities such as outdoor recreation. Take it easy at first with a warm up, and stretch after finishing.

Recognize Cold-Weather Injuries:
Know the symptoms and first aid for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Symptoms Of Hypothermia:
In Adults:
• Shivering/exhaustion
• Confusion/fumbling hands
• Memory loss/slurred speech
• Drowsiness
In Infants:
• Bright red, cold skin
• Very low energy
If you notice any of these signs, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency.

Understand Wind Chill:
Be aware of the wind chill factor, serious weather-related problems are more likely.


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