Recently, the weather map of our great state of Texas showed temperatures in the 30’s way up north in the Panhandle, 100’s in the far south near Mexico, and every other shade of temperature in between. With every season seemingly represented at the same time, it’s hard to imagine that the sharp North winter air is lurking just around the corner.
Even in exposure to temperatures as warm as 50 or 60 degrees, a person can suffer hypothermia and other symptoms of cold-weather illness/injury. Frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot, even death are all potential outcomes of exposure to cold temperatures. Fortunately, we can avoid many of the risks and dangers of cold weather exposure by planning ahead and taking simple, but IMPORTANT, precautions.
- One of the best steps to take is to wear LAYERS of clothes. Each layer acts as insulation, trapping warm air close to your body and is much more effective that a single layer of clothing.
- Also, cover your HEAD and HANDS because a majority of heat-loss occurs through those two areas. We all have our own sense of fashion but just make sure it includes a hat and gloves!
- It is also very important to nourish your body properly in cold weather by eating warm, high-calorie foods like pasta. Same for drinks – warm, sweet beverages such as sugar water, sports drinks, etc) but AVOID coffee, hot chocolate, soda, tea. These contain caffeine and will work against your body’s efforts to stay warm. And absolutely DO NOT drink alcohol to warm up!
- Lastly, by all means stay DRY!! Introducing moisture into a cold weather situation will only make things worse. Much worse. Hypothermia can occur in water as warm as 60-70 degrees!
Our staff and workers at Blakely know we take care of our family and therefore train on these safety skills and precautions regularly. You too are part of our Blakely family and we encourage you to prepare this winter and review these tips with your family to keep everyone warm and safe this Texas winter season!