Looks like the first snow of the season is coming soon. I will talk about Snow Cleanup on the next post.
When exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, and the effects can be as dangerous as those of heat stress. These cold-weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has identified the following as different types of cold stress to be avoided: Hypothermia;
Frostbite; Trench foot; and Chilblains.
Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. A body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and will not be able to do anything about it.
Symptoms of hypothermia can vary depending on how long you have been exposed to the cold temperatures. Early symptoms include shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination and confusion or disorientation.
Late symptoms include a lack of shoving , blue skin, dilated pupils, a slowed pulse and breathing, and loss of consciousness.
Take care and stay warm this winter.