“People all over the world work outside in sub-freezing temperatures every day,” said Dr. Bruce Crabtree, a Mercy emergency department physician. “Preparation is the key to staying safe.”
Dr. Crabtree shares these tips for staying safe if you’re outside for long periods of time.
“Your body is like any other furnace,” said Dr. Crabtree. “You need fuel to burn in order to stay warm. If you’re working outside, you need to make sure you’re eating enough food to fuel your body.”
If you feel like hypothermia or frostbite has set in, get inside, remove any wet clothing, cover yourself in blankets and seek medical attention if necessary.
Check your symptoms, learn about risk factors and find out when to seek help.
When it’s not a life-threatening emergency, but you need prompt care, Mercy Urgent Care locations have you covered – without the wait and higher cost of an emergency room visit.