I’ve had cold hands before and thought I knew what it meant to have frost bite. But little did I know. There is one thing to see what the signs and symptoms within a book or by googling what they are. But until you have experienced the agony and pain it’s hard to describe what the feel truly is.
Not to long ago I have at an outdoor event. I did all the important safety checks
Yet what I didn’t factor in was the amount of time that will be spent outside. Yes, I was wearing gloves, they were great for being able to move items around and to pick stuff up. But they were not great for the weather even though it was mild it was still cold. There was a breeze, with minimal shelter. While trying to keep warm I was probably doing the worst thing I could. I would ball my hands up and breath warm moist air on to my fingers. Doing that over many hours was a contributing factor.
By the time we had to pack up my hands were frozen, and my fingers were so numb. It took a good 30 minutes and lots of pain. It was a pain that I have not felt ever. After having my fingers in water for a good 10 minutes when the feelings started to return to my fingers. The burning and stinging is something I do not wish to repeat. Days following my frost bitten experience my fingers got cold twice as fast as they normally would being exposed to the cold temperatures.
How could this have been avoided. As we know prevention is key, especially when it comes to environmental illness. For a start it would have helped if I had warmer weather appropriate mitts. Having hot paws in my mitts to keep my hands and fingers nice and warm. Not breathing warm moist air on my fingers. Being prepared and having a good back-up plan for the time that will be spent outside plus a few extra hours as plans might end up changing.
Move over poison ivy there is a new poisonous plant in town that is out to torment your little ones. Over the last few years we have seen this little white cluster of flowers. This plant is part of the carrot and parsnip family. Wild Parsnip has an oil that can cause burns, rashes or blisters to a person’s skin when that area is exposed to sun light. When you are out and about its easy to spot the plant, here are some thing to look for:
What to do if you come into contact with wild parsnip. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Protect the invected area from the sun to prevent burns. As the plant desensitizes your skin. If you are exposed to the plant that can affect the face, bottom of hands, bottom of feet or sensitive areas you should seek medical care immediately.
It feels amazing being able to enjoy the lovely weather outside. It’s so important to prevent heat related emergencies. Some of the waring signs:
Prevention is key, being proactive is really important to prevent heat related emergencies. Drinking plenty of fluids to maintain your hydration level. Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day. Take cover, seek out shade. Taking lots of breaks and monitor how you are feeling. Listen to your body.
As the warmer weather is upon us the snow has melted but the ground still hasn’t thought completely add that with the constant rainfall that we see in the early months of spring, the lakes, rivers and damn levels start to rise causing them to over flow. With nowhere for all the water to go and a build-up of water around houses we stand a chance for flooding. Are you prepared if there is a flood by your house or within your community? Over the years we have seen many flooding, the effects can last for weeks to years as communities start to re build.
It’s important that as we can’t compete or fully predict mother nature we be prepared and do some prevention planning.
The Canadian Red Cross provides some great tips on how to plan and deal with floods.
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This is something that as instructors we teach as first aid participants we learn about. But have we ever stopped and noticed that when we are in a crowd of people and something is not “normal” how many stops to take charge or find out why?
I was recently at an event with lots of other people. A couple of us noticed that there was a smell that was not “normal” a chemical smell. First thought was there being lots of people and employees someone will look into what’s going on. As the day passed I brought it to someone’s attention in passing but failed to follow up later on to see if everything was ok. That thought stayed with me throughout the day “there are lots of people and employees someone else will follow up”.
The next day the smell was there again. And it boggled me all these people and employees, how come nothing is being done. That’s it I thought, and I made the enquire for the right department to investigate and followed up later that day. (The smell was gone soon after).
The couple of days played over in my mind, how come with so many people and staff around did it take almost 2 days before this was looked into. One simple answer… Bystander effect. When there are crowds, large or small we automatically assume that someone else will take charge.
My last thoughts on how we can change this is if you see, smell or hear something that’s not the norm to the situation that you are in, don’t be afraid to step up and take charge (remember to only act within in your set skills, and don’t cause harm).