Tips To Avoid Hypothermia And Frostbite During Cold Weather

  • 1/17/2019 1:47:32 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Ahead of this weeks anticipated winter storm in North Central Ohio, Richland Public Health has provided tips on how to combat hypothermia. 

Hypothermia occurs when more heat escapes from the body than what can be produced. Symptoms of Hypothermia include gradual loss of mental and physical abilities. In some cases, Hypothermia can lead to death. 

Nearly 700 people in the United States die from Hypothermia each year. 

"We tend to think of these things happening somewhere else," Health Commissioner Martin Tremmel said. "In fact, we had an elderly woman here in Mansfield, Ohio, who died from Hypothermia in December of 2017. That's why we continue to emphasize the importance of checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly when temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods."

If you have to go outside during a winter storm, Richland Public Health has created an acronym to help remind people of tips to stay warm. The Acronym is called COLD. 

- Cover. Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. Cover your hands with mittens instead of gloves. Mittens are more effective than gloves are because mittens keep your fingers in closer contact with one another. 

- Overexertion. Avoid activities that would cause you to sweat a lot. The combination of wet clothing and cold weather can give you chills.

- Layers. Wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Outer clothing made of tightly woven, water-repellent material is best for wind protection. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers hold more body heat than cotton does. 

- Dry. Stay dry as possible. In the winter, pay special attention to places where snow can enter, such as in loose mittens or snow boots. 

If you show any symptoms of Hypothermia, it is advised that you seek medical attention immediately. 

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