Protecting yourself from frostbite

Limit the time you're outside when temperatures are frigid

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Winter is officially here but as temperatures plummet, people now have to start worrying about frostbite.

It’s that time of year again, when people have to start dressing extra warm to protect themselves from the freezing cold air.
Frostbite is the most common injury this time of year caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues.

Zach Howes says he’s always prepared for what New England winters have in store. “I wear gloves a lot. I wear extra layers and if I don’t have to go out, I stay in my house under plenty of blankets,” said Howes of Greenfield.

Frostbite can damage your muscles, bones and could even lead to nerve damage. It’s recommended that you see a doctor if you experience increased pain, numbness, blisters or fevers.

Though frostbite can occur if you’re exposed to frigid temperatures for too long, there are simple steps you can take to prevent that from happening to you. Limit the time you’re outside when temperatures are frigid. Dress in several layers to shield yourself from the cold by wearing gloves, a hat and boots. Drinking warm, sweat beverages like hot chocolate before going out can do the trick, too.

“I don’t go outside not unless if I need to. No, but if I do, I literally wear an extra layer of clothing up underneath to help keep the core body temperature warm,” said Bruce Lackey of Greenfield.

Keeping warm is an essential part of living in New England, especially during the winter.

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