Hypothermia and Frostbite

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Hypothermia and Frostbite


We are experiencing some unusually cold weather and it is a good time to be alert for the risks of hypothermia and frostbite. This is a good topic for family discussions.



Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as the very young, seniors, those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated and/or without heat. Hypothermia can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. When exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. When the body's store of energy is used up, the result is hypothermia. Because hypothermia can affect the brain, a person may not be aware that it is happening, and not take appropriate steps to prevent damage.

Warning Signs:

  • Shivering, exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss, slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • For infants – bright red, cold skin, very low energy

What to do:

  • If you notice any of these signs, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency – get medical attention immediately
  • If the person is unconscious and does not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing, call 9-1-1

Prior to medical care:

  • Get victim into a warm room or shelter
  • Remove any wet clothing
  • Warm the center of the body first – chest, neck, head and groin – using electric blanket if available, or use skin-to-skin-contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels or sheets
  • Warm, nonalcoholic, beverages can help increase body temperatures if the victim is conscious


Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, typically the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers or toes. Signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area, a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.

What to do:

  • Get into a warm area as soon as possible
  • Immerse the affected area in warm, but not hot, water
  • Warm the affected area using body heat
  • Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace or radiator for warming
  • Do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes if at all possible
  • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it in any fashion


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Dahlia, Hollyhill Angela, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Roy Kelley - This is great info to share with all the people in your area. Stay warm!

Dec 14, 2017 01:00 PM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Such important advice!!!

Dec 14, 2017 01:34 PM #2
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Great advice and tips that could save a life.  And of course, love your photography!

Dec 14, 2017 01:59 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is wonderful information to share with those who live in the colder climates which we do have in the California Sierras.  

Dec 14, 2017 02:06 PM #4
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

What timely information to share-  sometime after a snow storm kids and adults in their hast to enjoy the first snows of the season tend to forget about these early warning signs of hypothermia and frostbite.  Bookmarked to share as a reminder.  Thanks  -  A syou and Dolores go  on your  walks and photo treks  through your neighborhood dress warm and watch out for icy sidewalks.

Dec 14, 2017 02:38 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Even people in our state of MInesota do not take this seriously.  Getting stranded for a while can be dangerous and most have no extra protection fom the cold with them

Dec 14, 2017 03:38 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are good tips for combating hypothermia and frostbite, Roy.  It can be an issue, even in California.

Dec 14, 2017 04:38 PM #7
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hello Roy.  Great information to have for anyone in cold climates.  Typically, the locals know what to do, but it is the out of towners who don't understand how to handle cold and icy conditions - both for themselves and for how they drive!

Dec 14, 2017 04:49 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Roy - this information is very timely considering the drop of temperature we have had here.

Dec 14, 2017 05:43 PM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

A good way to avoid frostbite is to move to a warm climate like Hawaii!

Dec 14, 2017 06:42 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I definitely like the solution offered by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089

Dec 15, 2017 05:00 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Timely information for all of us, Roy, even here in Florida where it occasionally gets cold.

Dec 15, 2017 05:21 AM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This is very timely as it has been so cold the last few days. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 15, 2017 09:30 PM #18
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

Timely and helpful, thanks Roy!

Jan 13, 2018 10:25 AM #21
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Those were some of the coldest two weeks that I can remember !!! Ready for SPRING !!!!

Jan 13, 2018 04:45 PM #22
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

These are great things to keep in mind in this cold weather. Thank you for sharing!

Jan 13, 2018 05:27 PM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We have another very cold day in Maryland. Residents need to take care.

Jan 14, 2018 04:40 AM #24
Roy Kelley
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Community inspections to begin in January
Exterior maintenance inspections throughout the Kentlands will begin in January. If you have maintenance issues that need to be addressed, you'll likely be contacted by the end of March.


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