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Valley Hospital : It’s crucial to recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia


December 29,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System reminds everyone to dress properly . It’s very cold out today and it’s expected to stay this cold into next week! Make sure to limit your time outdoors and to dress properly when you leave the house. It’s also crucial to recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, so we are sharing this great infographic from the CDC to help keep you and your loved ones safe!

The two key things one should remember when choosing winter clothing are materials and layers. Certain materials work better to keep one warm and dry than others, and knowing how to dress in layers is key to remaining comfortable in the cold.

Wool, is an ideal insulator even when wet. This is why it is still considered a prized material for winter weather underlayers – even with the creation of a range of useful synthetics. Merino wool in particular is used as an underlayer because it is both comfortable and warm.

Synthetics are perfect for outer layers. They can shed water and snow so well that one can remain completely dry in most circumstances – unless one falls in water or sits on snow so long it melts and soaks through the material.

With an understanding of materials, it is easy to start creating layers. A base layer is always recommended, such as long underwear made out of merino wool or a synthetic material. Then comes more layers – the number depending on how severe the weather will be. Warm footwear should also always be a priority, with waterproofing if possible.