Winter Weather Safety with Dr. Mike Liebe

Being outside, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Are you going to be outside a long time? Or are you going to be outside a short time? If you are going to be outside and it's cold for a long time, you have to dress layers, big bulky stuff. Another thing you can do when you're outside is walk like a penguin. Take short steps with feet kind of pointed out and arms out, so that if you do fall you can catch yourself.

For winter driving, its ideal if you can actual winter tires. That's probably the best safety features you can get. Of course, also drive slower, especially in the beginning part of the winter because you're not used to driving on ice. Always carry stuff in the car in case you're doing long distance traveling.

When you talk about hypothermia, the first kind of sensation in hypothermia is you get goose bumps. The second sensation you get is uncontrollable shivering. And the third sensation is when you stop shivering. If you're in a cold environment and you stop shivering it can be very dangerous.

Things that can happen before hypothermia, include the progression to frostbite. Your skin starts turning white. That's the blood vessels constricting. The next step is frostbite, in which the skin starts turning crystal white with a glassy appearance. Once you get to that point, then you should seek medical advice and get that extremity warmed up very quickly.