The Canadian Prairies get extremely cold during the winter. Therefore, we need to be extra cautious when it’s below-freezing temperatures. Frostbite happens when skin or the tissue underneath freezes because of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The severity of the frostbite varies on the length of time outside and how frozen the skin becomes.
Stay warm and prevent frostbite with these simple tips:
1. Wear loose, light and waterproof layers – Loose clothing helps trap warm air and decreases the risk of frostbite. Multiple layers are also crucial for keeping you dry and warm outside.
2. Protect your hands – Wear insulated gloves.
3. Protect your feet and toes – Wear warm socks and boots that are insulated and waterproof and cover your ankles. Make sure nothing feels tight.
4. Protect your head and ears – Wear a wool or fleece hat. A scarf or face mask can also help keep your face warm.
5. Stay hydrated – Water decreases the risk of developing frostbite.
6. Watch out for frostbite symptoms – Signs of frostbite include redness, stinging, burning, and throbbing sensation followed by numbness. Make sure to head inside immediately if these occur.
If you have frostbite symptoms, use warm water or a washcloth to bring back feeling gradually. Never submerge the areas in hot water or rub the skin. If your skin turns gray or the sensation fails to return, go to an emergency room immediately. Better to be safe than sorry.
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- Team MOBO