In any emergency situation, it is key to protect yourself against not only any immediate threat, but also anything which may pose a threat to your life as the situation continues. If you are in a car accident, for example, and need to remain outside in cold weather for a long time whilst you wait for the emergency services, then you may need to try to prevent hypothermia. These secondary threats may not be as immediate, but are just as important to avoid.
If the weather is cold and you have to leave the house, then make sure that you are appropriately dressed. Even if you are simply going from the house to the car to your destination, wear a coat, gloves, hat and so on so that you are prepared for any eventuality. It can also be helpful to keep some spare clothing and blankets in your car.
Remove wet clothes
If you clothing has become wet during an accident or for any other reason, you need to remove any wet items and replace them with dry ones. Wet clothing can make you colder and speed up the chances of hypothermia, so it is better to be without a layer, than soaked through in several.
Wind chill makes you much colder much more quickly than simply being in a cold environment. Try to shelter somewhere out of the wind so that even if it is freezing, you are not being constantly chilled by the wind.
Call the emergency services
One of the first things you should do after any accident is to call the emergency services. Even if you are not injured at the time, it is worth getting an ambulance to you quickly in case you are showing signs of hypothermia when help reaches you.
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