Bitterly cold temps mean taking safe precautions
Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:39:20 GMT —
The cold doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
If you spend time outside, you should be taking extra precautions.
With temperatures expected to be hitting near -4 in the daytime in this coming week, it's important to not ignore the signs of when the cold has gotten to you.
When the temperature hits below zero, most people will choose to stay inside where it's warm. However, some people just don't have that option.
Les Wood is in his second winter of being a postal carrier, and says that eventually you learn to deal with the cold.
"It's just another day. I think it'll be more or less like today. You just get used to it after a while," said Woods. "Really the only thing that really bothers me a lot of times is my fingers. That's when I bring my hand warmers and they seem to work pretty good."
Woods said that anyone working outside this Winter needs to make sure they wear plenty of layers.
We met Brandyn Baker waiting for the bus, and he says it's usually his hands that get coldest first.
"Especially since I'm a smoker, I've always got that need to smoke a cigarette real quick," Baker said. "But then I also feel like if I do that, I'm about to lose a finger. So it's kind of a controversy"
Frost bite, and hypothermia are two things you should be paying attention to while outside.
Jessica Loos is an RN with Blessing Hospital, and she says certain techiniques to warm your body again can actually damage your tissue.
"One thing is if there's a chance you're going to re-freeze the area... So say your hand are getting cold and you come inside or you're camping or something and you come into the cabin, and your warm up, but then you have to take a three mile walk to your car, to actually get home. If you're starting to have those symptoms, just take that walk," Loos said. "You don't want to re-warm the area, with having a chance to re-freeze it again. That's more damage on the tissues."
Loos suggests that if you can help it, just stay indoors.
"Really you shouldn't be outside if you can help it. If there's a reason you have to be outside, you work outside, I would just try to not be out there as long as you can. If you're going outside to walk your dog or something, if you can shorten that up, if there's no real reason that you have to be out there, I wouldn't go out," said Loos. "If you re-warm the tissues too quickly, that can be a problem, it can damage the tissues more than help them. You don't really want to massage the tissue or anything, you just want to get the wet clothing off, all the clothing you were wearing outside off, and get warm clothing put back on, and just let your body naturally re-warm. If you need to put a warm blanket around you or something like that, that is helpful. But you don't want to like put your hand in hot water or anything like that."