Local doctor offers cold weather tips
Dr. Jeff Suppinger, a family practitioner with Franklin Primary Care, offered some safety tips for being outdoors during frigid weather conditions:
• Make sure skin is covered—hands, face and ears—to prevent frostbite
• Dress in layers, protect your feet with sturdy water resistant shoes
• Wear a hat; a substantial amount of heat is lost when your head is exposed to low temperatures.
• Keep young children layered; a child that is smaller is going to lose heat more readily.
• Keep an extra blanket in your car and make sure cell phones are charged before traveling in frigid conditions.
• Adults need to beware that drinking alcohol causes the body to lose heat more rapidly.
• Certain medications like thyroid medicine, blood pressure medicine and sedative medications can decrease your ability to moderate your core temperature.
Posted on: 1/8/2014