Preventing Frostbite/Hypothermia

by Emily Baird on January 4, 2010 at 6:11 am

People are adapting to the cold weather we’ve been experiencing since the start of the new year.

Community Ambulance says it’s hardly had any cold-weather runs because everyone’s bundling up and staying inside to keep warm, but Executive Director, Phil Koster, wants to remind everyone of a big factor that goes along with those cold temperatures.

"Don’t underestimate wind chill. I know we talk a lot about temperature and how cold it is, especially when it’s below freezing, but the wind can play an enormous factor with that as well, " says Koster.

It doesn’t take long for frost nip, frostbite, and hypothermia to settle in.

"Obviously, everybody wraps up and wears coats and a hat, but sometimes we forgo gloves, mittens, or we don’t wear scarves, so we see the finger, faces and earlobes…things of that nature where people will see frostbite, " says Koster.

If you do start to notice signs of these cold-weather injuries, Koster says to get inside and slowly warm up your body temperature or exposed parts of your body so it doesn’t cause any further damage.