Winter is here!
January and February are the coldest months. We want to share some ways to stay safe while you are having fun outside. The best way to keep yourself safe is by dressing warm and being prepared for all outcomes. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Hypothermia causes an estimated 1,500 deaths in the US each year. Wearing warm clothing such as a coat or jacket, extra layer shirt, hat (beanie), jeans or snow pants, scarf, winter gloves, winter boots, and staying away from cold water and ice will ensure you remain warm outdoors. Always avoid going near ice lakes or cold bodies of water no matter the season.
Hypothermia can happen when dry or wet. When you fall in the water you can become hypothermic much quicker. If someone falls in cold water or has been stuck in cold weather follow these steps.
1. Find a warm place to bring your body temperature back up .
2. Remove any and all wet clothes and dry off.
3. Wrap yourself in blankets or put dry clothes on (or both).
4. Drink warm water to help your body heat up internally.
You should not warm up too quickly. Hot baths and showers are not a good idea because it can cause your body to go into shock. Our bodies are not built for a sharp sudden increase in temperature.