November 8, 2021

First Aid and Cold Weather

The holiday season is here. For many, that means colder work conditions and snowy weather. While this time of the year can be magical, it can also be a dangerous time if you are not careful. The CDC listed some key procedures that everyone can follow to stay safe during this chilling time. These techniques are easy to learn and remember. But why is it so important? Isn’t “dressing warm” enough to stave off the cold? Here are a few facts you may not have known about the dangers of the cold.

1. You may not be able to feel frostbite.
Frostbite is a well-known danger of the cold. However, in its later stages, did you know that it can actually numb the affected area? This is because the nerve endings on the affected part of the body are frozen and killed. Skin and tissue can become frozen, leading to permanent damage if you are not careful.

2. Hypothermia is hard to notice.
Like frostbite, hypothermia is a hidden killer. At its later stages, victims have reported feelings of numbness, warmth, and even drowsiness. Do not be fooled. These are all signs of a dangerously hypothermic victim. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone else, move to a warm place immediately.

3. High heat is not the answer.
In cases of both frostbite and hypothermia, some people may think that a hot shower or a wash in hot water is the cure. Believe it or not, this can be dangerous too, exposure to high heat after exposure to high cold can cause the victim to go into shock or even cardiac arrest. Instead, gradually raising the victim’s temperature with warm fluids and fresh, dry clothes is a much better option.
These and other techniques for treating cold victims can be found in the official first aid program by Hard Hat Training. Also, be sure to take a look at our other trainings on our main site. Remember to watch your health during this magical holiday season.

Good luck and stay safe!