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:

  1.  Wear cold-weather clothing like gloves, hats, scarves and snow boots.
  2.  Remove any wet clothing immediately.
  3.  Limit your time outdoors.

Prolonged exposure to the cold can put you at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Know the risk signs:

Symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.

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.

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