LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Recent winter weather caused a number of calls for local first responders and people needing emergency assistance after falling on the sidewalk are common.
Tri-State Ambulance workers deal with callers who have minor cases of hypothermia after falling and not being able to move. Emergency medical technicians urge people to move as-little-as-possible after experiencing a fall. However, in extremely cold temperatures a minor injury is better than experiencing hypothermia.
“If your knees are bent and you’re leaning forward, at least you’ve got your arms, you can kind of help save yourself,” Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance Corporal Shift Supervisor Dawn Swanson said. “If you’re walking more straight, knees not bent, you’re probably going to go backward, hit your head and maybe get knocked out.”
Swanson also warned that alcohol consumption makes you less sensitive to the cold and can put you at a greater risk for hypothermia. Make sure to travel with friends and let people know your travel destinations in all instances.