Frostbite and Hypothermia

Frostbite and Hypothermia

Winter sports or working outdoors could put you at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is the most common injury resulting from exposure to severe cold, and it usually occurs on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Deep frostbite is most serious and can result in amputation. Hypothermia occurs when the body's temperature drops below 95 degrees and can result in death.

Before venturing outside for work or play, be sure to:

  • Check the temperature and limit your time outdoors if it's very cold, wet or windy
  • Bundle up in several layers of loose clothing
  • Wear mittens rather than gloves
  • Cover your ears with a warm hat
  • Wear socks that will keep your feet warm and dry

Stay warm!

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