The snow came early this year. Schools across the country have recently
closed because of extreme temperatures. The dangers of hypothermia, frostbite,
and death this winter require heightened awareness. Being well informed
is the first step toward safety.
Each year, more than 1,300 deaths are reportedly attributable to exposure
according to the Centers for Disease Control. Hypothermia and frostbite
begin when temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees
Celsius. At that point, the human brain automatically does things to produce
heat, such as shivering. The part of one's brain that is triggered
by lowering body temperature is called the hypothalamus.
The normal human body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees
Celsius. One is reportedly in immediate danger if one's body temperature
falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius. One's heart
rate begins to slow down. A feeling of disorientation develops. Frostbite
begins on exposed skin after just 15 minutes. Blisters on the skin, numb
fingers, red cheeks, and blue lips are among the wide array of symptoms
indicating frostbite. Amputation may reportedly be necessary if blood
stops flowing because exposed skin gets too cold. Those people working
jobs outdoors must take extra precautions to stay warm and safe.
Some are more at risk more than others. Those over the age of 65 and under
the age of 18 are more susceptible than most because their bodies reportedly
lose heat easily. However, those consuming alcoholic beverages are most
at risk. Alcohol reportedly opens one's blood vessels on the skin.
This causes one to lose heat in their body at a much faster rate. Judgment
is also impaired by consuming alcohol, which may be detrimental when assessing
whether or not one has frostbite or hypothermia.
Are you working outside in these cold temperatures? What are you doing
to stay warm? At Crossen Kooi Law, your safety matters to us. Call us
if you need us. (888) 366-4215.