This winter we have experienced many frigid days. Cold weather and blizzard warnings have been appearing regularly on news channels, with doctors giving some useful tips during these intense freezing conditions.
It should be known that prolonged exposure to the cold can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and still affecting your psychological status for example; drowsiness, memory loss and even difficulty in speaking. Cold weather can cause a loss of up to 50% of your own natural body heat.
The ‘Department of Public Health’ requires the public, to consider the following recommendations in case of frost:
– To eat foods rich in protein and unsaturated fats, fruits, vegetables and to pass up alcohol consumption.
– Avoid trips outdoors and exposure to the cold. If it’s absolutely necessary to travel it is highly recommended to wear appropriate clothing specifically: thermal hat, scarf, gloves, insulated winter boots, etc…
– The elderly, especially those with cardiac and respiratory problems should avoid crowded places.
– Special attention should be given to children and parents are asked to avoid long-distance journeys if the vehicle is not appropriately equipped with air conditioning/heating and corresponding appliances.
– Avoid prolonged exposure of the hands and feet at these very low temperatures to prevent frostbite. If this were the case, avoid self-medication. It is highly recommended to consult your doctor.
– Ensure adequate heating in your homes and enclosed residential areas. Avoid using improvised installations that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, ensure good ventilation of the dwellings and at least once a day take note of how hot your home is. Overheating your home can shock your body should you need to go out.
– Stay away as far as possible from ice slides.
However, if you have not followed your doctor’s instructions and you do get frostbite and hypothermia, follow some first aid advice immediately!