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Hypothermia and Frostbite

Hypothermia and Frostbite


We are experiencing some unusually cold weather and it is a good time to be alert for the risks of hypothermia and frostbite. This is a good topic for family discussions.



Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as the very young, seniors, those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated and/or without heat. Hypothermia can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. When exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. When the body's store of energy is used up, the result is hypothermia. Because hypothermia can affect the brain, a person may not be aware that it is happening, and not take appropriate steps to prevent damage.

Warning Signs:

  • Shivering, exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss, slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • For infants – bright red, cold skin, very low energy

What to do:

  • If you notice any of these signs, take the person's temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency – get medical attention immediately
  • If the person is unconscious and does not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing, call 9-1-1

Prior to medical care:

  • Get victim into a warm room or shelter
  • Remove any wet clothing
  • Warm the center of the body first – chest, neck, head and groin – using electric blanket if available, or use skin-to-skin-contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels or sheets
  • Warm, nonalcoholic, beverages can help increase body temperatures if the victim is conscious


Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, typically the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers or toes. Signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area, a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.

What to do:

  • Get into a warm area as soon as possible
  • Immerse the affected area in warm, but not hot, water
  • Warm the affected area using body heat
  • Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace or radiator for warming
  • Do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes if at all possible
  • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it in any fashion


Dahlia, Hollyhill Angela, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3000 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, Hollyhill Angela, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,

Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3000
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • December 13 2017 02:21PM


HI Roy Kelley - This is great info to share with all the people in your area. Stay warm!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago

Such important advice!!!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 10 months ago

Great advice and tips that could save a life.  And of course, love your photography!

Posted by Francine Viola, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) 10 months ago


This is wonderful information to share with those who live in the colder climates which we do have in the California Sierras.  

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

What timely information to share-  sometime after a snow storm kids and adults in their hast to enjoy the first snows of the season tend to forget about these early warning signs of hypothermia and frostbite.  Bookmarked to share as a reminder.  Thanks  -  A syou and Dolores go  on your  walks and photo treks  through your neighborhood dress warm and watch out for icy sidewalks.

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210) 10 months ago

Even people in our state of MInesota do not take this seriously.  Getting stranded for a while can be dangerous and most have no extra protection fom the cold with them

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 10 months ago

Those are good tips for combating hypothermia and frostbite, Roy.  It can be an issue, even in California.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Hello Roy.  Great information to have for anyone in cold climates.  Typically, the locals know what to do, but it is the out of towners who don't understand how to handle cold and icy conditions - both for themselves and for how they drive!

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) 10 months ago

Good evening Roy - this information is very timely considering the drop of temperature we have had here.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 10 months ago

A good way to avoid frostbite is to move to a warm climate like Hawaii!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 10 months ago

I definitely like the solution offered by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Timely information for all of us, Roy, even here in Florida where it occasionally gets cold.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

This is very timely as it has been so cold the last few days. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 10 months ago

Timely and helpful, thanks Roy!

Posted by Steve Penner, REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers (Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software) 9 months ago

Those were some of the coldest two weeks that I can remember !!! Ready for SPRING !!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) 9 months ago

These are great things to keep in mind in this cold weather. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) 9 months ago

We have another very cold day in Maryland. Residents need to take care.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago
Community inspections to begin in January
Exterior maintenance inspections throughout the Kentlands will begin in January. If you have maintenance issues that need to be addressed, you'll likely be contacted by the end of March.


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