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Winter Weather and Frostbite Safety Tips


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During the one of the coldest winters to date, it's important to stay safe from the dangers of winter weather. Learn about the effects of frostbite, signs and symptoms, prevention, treatment and general frostbite safety.

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Winter Weather and Frostbite Safety Tips

  1. 1. Cold Weather and Frostbite Safety Tips
  2. 2. This winter is record breaking in terms of dropping temperatures. The cold weather isn’t simply annoying, it can also be downright deadly. Exposing yourself to dropping temperatures, wind or moisture can lead to frostbite which can cause serious and permanent damage. Follow these tips to help prevent frostbite, recognize signs and symptoms, and what you should do if you think you might have frostbite. Follow us on Google+
  3. 3. The Effects of Frostbite Frostbite is the freezing of body tissue and comes in three stages: • Frostnip (1st stage) – Will irritate skin but permanent damage is unlikely. • Superficial frostbite (2nd stage) - Penetrates the dermis, or the second layer of skin, and causes fluidfilled blisters to appear. • Deep frostbite (3rd stage) - The most serious stage, during deep frostbite, the skin and tissues begin to harden and blacken as it dies. Additionally, muscles and joints can lose all function, and have led to amputations in severe cases of frostbite. Follow us on Google+
  4. 4. How to Prevent Frostbite? • Minimize skin exposure by wearing proper protective clothing • Wear hats and ski masks to keep ears and nose covered • Stay dry! Make sure your outerwear is dry and wear waterproof shoes or • Seek shelter from sudden winter storm encounters or severe temperature drop Follow us on Google+
  5. 5. Know the Signs and Symptoms of Frostbite Check your skin for any of the following on potentially affected areas: • White, gray or yellow waxy patches on areas that feel especially cold, hard or numb • Areas of skin that feel especially cold, hard, or numb • Check your hands and feet. These are common areas for frostbite to occur, so be especially mindful of these areas Follow us on Google+
  6. 6. What to Do If You Suspect You Have Frostbite • Go indoors and seek medical attention as quickly as possible • Remove any jewelry or clothing that could be restricting blood flow to affected areas • Avoid rubbing skin – the friction tears affected skin and tissue, increasing chance of infection • Keep toes and fingers from sticking together with sterile gauze • Warm affected areas with warm water at 100 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit until the skin is softened Follow us on Google+
  7. 7. Want to Know More About Frostbite Safety? REMEMBER: During bouts of severe cold, don’t go outside unless absolutely necessary or at the very least, limit your exposure. Read more helpful tips on our blog: Follow us on Google+