. People who live in what is now the "frozen north"know that this is the time of year you have a whole different wardrobe. If the wind chill puts the temps below zero there are precautions you should take to stay safe and healthy. If you are in a part of the country, where chill is not the "norm" but you find "Old Man Winter" has made a colder than nHaveormal visit this post is designed to "inform and protect" you and your home during the winter months.
Every weather person will tell you...if you do not HAVE to go outside during below zero cold spells...do not. IF you do...limit the time...and most of all limit your skin's exposure to the cold. Cover everything...It may not necessarily be a fashion statement with scarves wrapped around your head with only eyes visible. You may look like you are prepared to rob a bank with a ski mask covering your face....BUT you also won't be worried about the cold realities of frost bite. Have some fun with "outerwear"....be your favorite canine or other animal.
Covering every "digit" is important...a pair of gloves that extends under the cuff of your jacket or coat to prevent any exposure of skin is best. Parents...layers of mittens for those days when making snow people and forts is the "play of the day" will prevent little hands from getting wet and cold and causing skin damage. As a child, my Mom knit mittens for us...and later hundreds of pairs donated to the homeless. My favorites were puppet like and had a "string" of yard from mitten to mitten that went under your jacket so you always had a pair...one of my "favorite" things to lose...even today !
Boots are the order of the day for every age. Elementary school children who wear them over shoes may find it helpful to put a plastic grocery bag over their shoes so that the boots slip on easily. One elementary school teacher describes putting boots on kids like trying to put something on a "wet noodle"...they don't often push their feet hard enough to get the boots to fit properly.
What if Skin DOES become exposed ? Parts of the face, hands and feet are most susceptible to frostbite. Skin becomes white and there may be a tingling or burning sensation that can turn to numbness.
To Treat Frostbite...gently warm the skin with warm water or wet warm compresses. Do not administer ANY treatment until you can complete it...doing it part way can cause more damage to skin. Loosely bandage the area...and seek treatment at an Urgent Care facility. Skin should begin to return to a pink color and a doctor may prescribe ointment and or topical pain relief medication.
We are lifelong residents of Wisconsin...and as we say..you can always get warmer...sometimes it is more difficult to get cooler ! We are used to the sometimes icy temps that come this time of year. Yesterday and today David will be accompanying our home inspector on a brief tour of the outside of the homes our buyers purchased...Brrrr...Hot chocolate will be the order of the day !
Be safe...don't hesitate to get medical treatment ...minimize the time you spend outside...cover any exposed skin.
This has been a safety/health precaution post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.