The Winter Months And Frostbite New York!

The freezing temperatures of winter can bring with it some scary and severe complications from the cold. Generally, when you think of frostbite you may think of extreme sports such as mountain climbing or unexpectedly getting stuck in the cold for an extended amount of time and not being prepared for it. However, you can be at risk anytime you are exposed to temperatures below freezing.

Whenever you are in below freezing temperatures you can be at risk of frostbite. Generally, it affects your extremities including fingers and toes and hands and feet. However, it can also affect your nose, ears, cheeks, forehead and shins as these areas are generally exposed to the cold and they do not have as much blood circulating to keep them warm. You are also at an increased risk of frostbite in higher altitudes due to the cold temperature, hypoxia or reduced oxygen intake while breathing and dehydration from the drier atmosphere. Frostbite is considered a medical emergency due to the destruction of your tissues. You can take steps to prevent frostbite, especially if you will be RVing in the cold temperatures this winter.

• Protect any skin that is exposed to temperatures either at or below freezing. If it is cold enough your flesh can freeze, whether hiking, skiing or snowmobiling.
• Keep your clothing dry. Wet clothing does not protect your skin.
• Keep moving in cold temperatures. Physical exertion keeps the blood pumping and warming your body.
• Make sure you stay well nourished to give your body the fuel it needs to keep you warm.
• Stay hydrated. If you become dehydrated, your blood thickens and will not circulate as well.
• Cover all parts of your body including your head, ears and hands. You can also use neck warmers and hand and foot warmers to help keep you warm.
• Pack extra socks, gloves, boots, hats and other items in case those you are wearing get wet.

Follow the above recommendations when you head out this winter in your Used New York RV. For more information visit trailerlife.com. And if you need any help keeping your New York RV warm too, visit your local New York new and used RV dealer, Jim’s RV!

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