Windchills & Frostbite

by Emily Baird on February 10, 2010 at 5:17 am

We’ve been dealing with the snow out of this winter system, and now the winds are beginning to pick up.

If you aren’t covered properly, it can cause your ears, nose, and fingers to develop frostnip or frostbite. There’s a misconception though. You don’t have to be out in the cold for a long period of time for these cold-weather injuries to develop.

"Sometimes people look at the temperature gauge, and they see it’s only 10 degrees or 15 degrees. Then they’re like ‘hey, that’s no problem.’ but they fail to factor in the windchill factor, " says Community Ambulance Executive Director, Phil Koster.

Koster says frostnip or frostbite can develop after being out in the cold for about 10 minutes, and he offers some words of advice to parents, who may have kids that want to play out in the snow.

"Before they go outside, make sure they’re dressed up warmly with dry clothes, insulating layers, and just keep an eye on the time, " says Koster.

Community Ambulance hasn’t dealt with any frostnip or frostbite injuries from these past two storms, but it has had to treat some patients for hypothermia.