Brr… How to Avoid Frostbite
There are days that are chilly in Alberta, and there are days that are downright COLD. We’re in the downright COLD phase right now. The last two days have sat in the -30C range. The lowest of the low being about -36c according to my outside thermometer. Add in the 18″ of snow and it sure is a winter wonderland.
The -30c temperatures are the worst. My exposed skin will freeze in the exact same timeframe that it takes to brush off the car. I had several days this week where I failed to wear the required gear (hat, and gloves) to try and keep from frostbite.
It reminders me, there is no too cold weather – just bad clothing. Here’s our favourite clothing for keeping the family warm in winter.
Build in a base layer. Long johns are a necessary in severally cold weather. For kids, fleece onesie pajamas can be a great first layer. For adults, merino or silk base layer will help keep in warmth.
Cover any exposed skin. Use hats, mits, neck warmers or scarves to avoid skin freezing wherever possible.
If you have to go outside, time it carefully. People with breathing difficulties should avoid the freezing air. Young children and babies should not to stay outside in these temperatures for more than a few minutes (think time from the car to the grocery store).
If skin gets red, blue, white or pain. Get inside as soon as possible and warm up.
What precautions do you take going outside in the winter weather?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.