Oh YES...Baby it IS Cold Out There...So Here is What You Need to Do..

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. 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 Old Man Winterand 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 Ski mask dognecessarily 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, puppet mittensmy 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.frostbite

   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.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally. This is terrific. Your simple and yet important suggestions matter a lot.

Jan 26, 2019 05:37 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, it is REALLY cold in the upper midwest region, stay warm, and stay in if you can! 

Jan 26, 2019 05:41 AM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the reminder. Stay warm. I agree it is hot chocolate day 

Jan 26, 2019 05:47 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Sally and David- - -I imagine this is not the time to talk of our predicted 80 degree weather forecast for today. I do appreciate the far north cold protection tips. Those January trips to Chicago are but a distant memory.  Thankfully. Soon Spring will arrive and warmer times too.


Jan 26, 2019 06:03 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson it surely was cold here this morning at 6:00am.... tough going to the gym today.... good tips to apply every day this coming week....the weather will be colder.... 

Jan 26, 2019 06:09 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I cannot even imagine being in weather that cold, I pray that everyone is able to be in a warm place during the cold winters.

Jan 26, 2019 06:23 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great tips Sally.  Hopefully, I won't be needing to do this any time soon.

Jan 26, 2019 06:25 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson, I can't even imagine having to do all this, you've provided some great tips. Stay warm! 

Jan 26, 2019 07:00 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sally and David - this certainly does help. We should  be careful in this weather.  I hate running the slow blower in this weather too.  Layered clothing helps too.

Jan 26, 2019 07:03 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sally and David, we are having ups and downs in our weather in Denver,  But I receall the winters in Milwaukee when I would travel up there in the 80's  cold.


Jan 26, 2019 07:18 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Sally,
Being prepared and dressing properly is so important.  When I travel I always go prepared with extra supplies and gear in case I get straded somewhere.  You just never know!

Jan 26, 2019 07:28 AM #11
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Sometimes it's tough getting out there like it was for us with a relo buyer yesterday evening...but cover everything is a good reminder Sally!

Jan 26, 2019 08:14 AM #12
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Except possibly once on a Boy Scout camping trip I have never experienced below zero weather.  And hope to never experience it!

Jan 26, 2019 11:54 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David those of us who live in cold weather country need to know how to handle it.

This past week was a crazy week.  On Monday it was -2 degrees and on Thursday it was 55 degrees.  Crazy weather.

Jan 26, 2019 02:08 PM #14
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

Finding me staying out in cold weather, well that's not going to happen.  It would have to be an extreme emergency.  

Jan 27, 2019 02:55 AM #15
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Sally, not surprised you know how to handle this weather and it is a good post that can help us all as we are in the thick of it now!

Jan 27, 2019 06:04 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Geez, I got cold reading this one, Sally. We lived in Fairbanks when I was a little girl, poor mom was always working to make sure we were properly dressed for the cold. But you're right, on certain days, it is just best to stay indoors. 

Jan 27, 2019 07:19 AM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Very timely advice to share.  As I was reading through, I was thinking that in Northern AZ we have both winter and summer gear available. Of course our winter gear is minima.  But I am also reminded that my son uses a ski mask and completely protects his skin in the summer months when he is hiking to protect from the sun's rays. 

Jan 27, 2019 10:37 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share. We are expecting some unusually cold weather in Maryland.

Jan 28, 2019 06:32 AM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Warmed up at the gym this morning - but, didn't have to warm up from anything like the temperatures you guys have, Sally! 

Seriously, this is a great PSA and one that all who live in the colder north should read and heed.

Jan 28, 2019 06:39 AM #20
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