How to prevent yourself from getting frostbite

Wilderness First Aid

Learn the proper steps for frostbite prevention. Following these simple recommendations will help stop frostbite from ever forming.

Frostbite Prevention

The first defense against frostbite is to never put yourself in a position where you could become afflicted. Know your limits and understand your don’t have to finish the hike or make it to the top. Here are a few additional tips:

1) Know the symptoms of frostbite. Remember some of the first signs of frostbite include redding of the skin, numbness and tingling.

2) Take care to stay warm and dry. Make sure you understand how to layer for cold weather.

3) Make sure you take care to cover all areas prone to frostbite such as your hands, head, face and consider wearing liner socks in addition to your regular socks. If your hands are particularly prone to taking a chill consider wearing mittens instead of gloves or add liners to your your gloves. Also make sure your accessories are wind and waterproof.

4) Don’t hesitate to use chemical heating packs to help with staying warm.

5) Plan for the worst. Make sure you have emergency supplies in your first aid kit, such as adequate means to start a fire. Also carry extra warm clothing in the event you become stranded or the weather turns.

6) Eat well before, during and after an outing. Also make sure to stay hydrated. Consider carrying a hot beverage in a thermos or a means of making a hot beverage.

7) Remember alcohol causes your body to lose heat faster.

8) Don’t rest for too long. Keeping moving will help maintain blood flow and help you stay warm.

9) Before you head out on a winter outdoors adventure, make sure you check the weather forecasts and wind chill readings.

Remember that in addition to knowing how to prevent frostbite, you should also be prepared for the worst. Make sure you understand the symptoms, the stages of frostbite and how to treat frostbite

Source: Mayo Clinic