Ease the freeze

| January 03, 2006

Cold Weather Protection

  • Avoid getting wet, because wet clothing loses 90 percent of its insulating value.

  • Avoid alcohol in cold conditions.
  • Plan ahead by always carrying blankets, matches, a first aid kit and a mobile phone in case of emergency.
  • If you or someone else is suffering from hypothermia or frostbite, do not rub the skin. This can tear the skin and cause tissue damage.
  • ALWAYS wear a hat, gloves and a scarf in cold weather. Insulated boots are also a good idea.
  • Avoid exertion in cold weather, especially if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. Your circulatory system is already working hard to keep your body warm.

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