Health experts share tips to protect people from winter weather injuries

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Since we’ve still got plenty of the winter season left, it’s important to take some extra precautions to keep yourself warm during these chilly months.

According to the CDC, winter weather kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat, so if you plan to go outside over the next couple months, make sure you are prepared.

However, experts share some easy ways to avoid injuries like hypothermia and frostbite.

For example, dress according to the weather, wear plenty of layers, and cover up exposed skin.

“You see your skin get blue-ish or really pale, sort of look like there is no circulation at all, or turn white and waxy, then you need to warm up your fingers at that point,” said Arwen Quinn, the Carilion Trauma outreach coordinator.

In addition, while you’re warming up, experts say to avoid rubbing or massaging the body aggressively because doing so can damage the tissue.

Experts also recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeine, which will make it harder to warm up. Instead, you are encouraged to drink something sugary, like a nice cup of hot cocoa.

For more winter safety tips from the CDC, follow this link.

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