With reports of freezing temperatures falling as low as -10C this Easter, we thought we would do our part and give you five tips to help you breeze through the cold period.
- Be merry but be wary!
While being drunk and inebriated may often be associated with keeping you warm and combatting the season’s bone trembling weather, alcohol only serves to simulate the sensation of warmth. The largely false perception gives unfounded confidence to seasoned drinkers and newbies alike.
Wrap up warm and do not take unnecessary risks. As we all know, our judgement is well and truly impaired whilst under the influence. This can lead us to making terrible decisions that can be life threatening First Aid incidents in these weather conditions. Recently, four people in Slovakia died of hypothermia after an evening of drinking and a decision to walk home rather than get a taxi or lift. Please let us know if you’d like our Uber code to save £10 off your next cab…
Furthermore, the lack of control over your own body when drunk and disorderly can play a big role in whether you survive a cold weather drink up unscathed or in the hospital. Many people slip and fall without the cold weather already, but throw in a slippery surface and the potential for injury is increased exponentially. Take care out on those cold streets!
- Wrap your kids up!
Now we all remember our mothers forcing a jacket on us, wrapping us up in hats, scarves and gloves before heading to school or to play outside with our friends, and that was not just to annoy us, surprisingly enough. Call it mother’s instincts, but young children are much more susceptible to the cold weather over their adult counterparts due to them losing heat a lot faster than adults. Fun can also get in the way of sound judgement in the case of children, as can be expected, children seem to have their priorities in the right place. Our Ofsted approved – Paediatric First Aid course goes over how to deal with injuries to children.
- Check on your elderly neighbours!
At the other end of the spectrum, the elderly are extremely susceptible to the cold. The aging process takes its toll and hypothermia becomes a much more serious and impending threat. The ability of our bodies to sense the cold and effectively combat it slowly falters with old age so winter is truly a threat to our elderly loved ones. In fact, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the elderly and females were most at risk and suffered the highest total number of deaths in winter mortality.
It is always worth checking in on your elderly neighbours at this time of year to make sure they are getting on alright despite the weather.
- Check their house is not too cold.
- Have a cup of tea with them and a quick chat. Company is always nice!
- Ensure they’re wrapping up warm.
- Hypothermia, Frostbite and brain freeze!
Hypothermia and frostbite are real killers and thoroughly deserve a spot on this list. Brain freeze, that’s just an annoying side effect from drinking your milkshake too quickly.
When dealing with someone you suspect is suffering from hypothermia, it is important to do the following:
- Wrap them up in warm clothing and blankets.
- Remove any wet clothes as they hinder insulation.
- Use your own body heat to warm them up.
- Give them some hot chocolate. This serves to warm up the body, and who doesn’t want hot chocolate anyway?
- Be sure to monitor their breathing. Any signs of them fading out of consciousness should be immediately followed up by CPR.
- Get CPR trained, so you at least know what you’re doing.
Frostbite can be an indicator of oncoming hypothermia. In any case, it is important to give immediate medical attention to any affected person.
- Rewarm frostbitten areas in warm water, make sure it’s not hot though.
- It is recommended to take pain medication due to the pain of blood rushing back into frozen body parts.
- This one seems obvious, but get out of the cold and into the warmth if possible.
- Seek immediate medical help. The faster you act in such a scenario, the better off you’ll be.
Brain freeze. We’ve all had it at one point or another. Excitedly slurped down a slushy too quickly, or ploughed through some ice cream at break neck speeds, and suddenly felt the worst discomfort in your life. Here’s an easy tip to prevent this savage pain…
- Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth, and voila, the pain should disappear in moments.
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