Older Adult & Child Safety

Cold Weather Protection Tips
  • Avoid strenuous activity, it strains the heart.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Dress warmly. Wear loose-fitting, layered clothes. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Drink warm liquids
  • Drink water and other fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Wear mittens or gloves to protect hands – mittens are warmer.
Watch for Signs of Frostbite
  • Feeling of “pins and needles” followed by numbness (no feeling). Skin may freeze hard and look white. When thawed out, skin is red and painful.
  • Very bad frostbite may cause blisters or gangrene (black, dead tissue).
Watch for Signs of Hypothermia
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Memory loss
  • Sleepiness
  • Slow speech
  • Stumbling
  • Uncontrolled shivering
If you think you have frostbite or hypothermia, you should call 911 as they are potentially life threatening medical conditions. Don’t eat or drink anything containing caffeine or alcohol – they worsen the symptoms.