Safety Tips for Deep Freeze Weather

Temperatures are beginning to drop.

How can you stay safe from the bitter cold outside your window? Dr. John Torres at NBC News may have a few tips for you.

Don’t forget to walk like a penguin to avoid injury while walking on slick spots. What this means is taking your hands out of your pockets and using your arms for balance. Walk slowly, keep your feet shoulder-distance apart and waddle in little steps.

Attire is important, especially the right kind of boots. Researchers found that 90 percent of winter boots failed a walking on ice test. Boots that passed the test had slip-resistant outsole materials for better tractions. Pay attention to that tingling feeling, it may be frostnip. Frostnip comes before frostbite, which is a medical emergency. Once the area of your body experiencing frostnip becomes numb, you’ll need medical attention. Try to find warmth if this sensation starts to happen.

Shivering let’s your body know that your internal temperature is dropping, Torres said. But dangerously low body temperature could lead to hypothermia. Four ways to know when you’ve crossed into moderate or severe hypothermia is when you’re being clumsy or confused, feeling drowsy or your shivering gets worse or just stops altogether. Torres said to seek a warm place, get out of any wet clothes and wrap up with blankets immediately.

Hats are important but the idea that your head loses most of your body heat is just a myth, Torres explained. The notion started during an Army study in the 1950s that found soldiers who didn’t cover up their heads lost most of their body heat from their head. Still, 60 years later, people believe the same thing. Torres said wear a hat but don’t forget about keeping your legs warm too.

Sourced from NBC News.