• Winter Weather: Make sure you are wearing the proper layers

    By: Megan McClellan

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    Quick Facts:

    • Protecting your ears, nose, toes and fingers are key to minimizing frostbite danger
    • Layers will help protect your core from the cold and the precipitation

     

    We've all seen where the temperatures and wind can make things downright uncomfortable outside in the winter. Those uncomfortable conditions can lead to some dangerous medical things like hypothermia and frostbite.

    Dr. Adam Greer with St. John Clinic says that prevention of hypothermia and frostbite is really important. He suggests wearing mittens rather than gloves and the proper layers for your core.

    For the majority of your body (mostly your core/torso) think about wearing a wicking layer that will pull sweat away from your body. This should be the layer that is right against your skin.

    Wear your long sleeve shirts/hoodies as the next layer. Sometimes the hoodies can also act as the third layer should be an insulating layer that will keep you warm.

    The fourth layer should be a jacket that will protect you from the wind and any precip (whether rain or snow).

    The same concept could be applied to your legs if you were going to be outside for extended periods.

    Having earmuffs/beanie to protect your head and ears will help along with thicker socks during the cold weather.

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