Cold Weather Safety Tips
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y., - Thursday, February 12, 2015 - As temperatures continue to plummet to dangerously low numbers, the Canandaigua Emergency Squad offers five tips people can take to stay safe in the freezing weather.
- Dress in layers, and not too tight. Air between layers acts as insulation.
- Cover all skin. With the projected wind chill– skin can be damaged quickly.
- Stay hydrated – it is common for people to become dehydrated quickly in cold weather. Stay away from caffeine. It causes dehydration.
- If you get wet – get dried off and change into dry clothing quickly. Wet clothing in cold weather accelerates the risk of hypothermia.
- If you get frostbite, don't thaw frozen skin until you are in a place where there is no chance it will refreeze. If skin freezes, thaws, and then re-freezes it will die and could ultimately lead to surgery or even a skin graft.
"With the projected Wind Chill Warning issued by the National Weather Service across Western New York and temperatures dropping significantly low, it's important to take the proper precautions to ensure your safety," said Ken Beers, Chief of the Canandaigua Emergency Squad. "Following a few simple tips can be the difference to prevent exposure to the elements and serious health problems."