Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Outdoor Safety: From the School Nurse

            When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors.  Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips to protect your heath and safety:

Dress Warmly and Stay Dry --  Adults and children should wear:

  • A hat
  • A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • Mittens (They are warmer than gloves)
  • Water-resistant coat and shoes
  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing

HYPOTHERMIA:  What to Look For:

  • Confusion or sleepiness
  • Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse or low blood pressure
  • A change in behavior during cold weather or a change in the way a person looks
  • A lot of shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs
  • Chilly rooms or other signs a person has been in a cold place
  • Poor control over body movements or slow reactions
Nurse Buote