Dress for the Cold – Be Alert for Signs of Frostbite and Hypothermia
Posted 6:14 p.m.
We don’t need to tell you it’s really cold outside – temperatures are below freezing and with the wind it can be dangerous.
Here are tips from the Virginia Department of Health when you go outside:
- Wear cold-weather clothing like gloves, hats, scarves and snow boots.
- Remove any wet clothing immediately.
- Limit your time outdoors.
Prolonged exposure to the cold can put you at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Know the risk signs:
If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately — call or text 9-1-1. If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas.
Make sure you are dressed for the cold:
- Wear a hat (of course!)
- A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth.
- Sleeves that are snug at the wrist.
- Mittens (they are warmer than gloves).
- Water-resistant coat and boots.
- Several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- Outer layer clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind.
- Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.
Cold Weather and Health Info Sources:
- Fairfax County Department of Health
- Virginia Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention