Thermal imaging shows just how fast your body can lose heat if you are not dressed properly

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 18:45:06-05

PARMA, Ohio — Arctic temperatures have arrived in Northeast Ohio and temperatures are continuing to drop. As you head outside, it's important to dress properly because frostbite can kick in anywhere between 10-15 minutes.

Using thermal imaging, spokesperson for the Parma Fire Department TJ Martin shows just how quickly heat can escape your body if not properly dressed.

  • Avoid anything that's cotton because cotton holds moisture
  • Wear three to four layers, leaving as little skin exposed as possible.
  • Use synthetic fabrics that will keep you dry.
  • Wear a hat, scarf and face mask
  • Mittens are better than gloves because those are better at protecting your hands and keeping warmth in.

If you experience frostbite, don't put any body part in hot water. Until you can see a doctor, use tepid water and your body heat or blankets to keep the area with frostbite warm.