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Winter Weather Safety Quiz

When the temperature drops, cold-weather health risks rise. See how much you know about staying safe outdoors.

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Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or False: Wet hair can cause a cold.

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The correct answer is: Colds are actually caused by a virus. Cold germs are spread through contact and through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or False: From a health standpoint, windchill doesn't really matter; only the actual temperature does.

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The correct answer is: As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. A severe windchill can cause conditions like hypothermia and frostbite to occur faster.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 3 of 20 Correct

At what water temperature can you start to suffer from hypothermia?

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The correct answer is: Hypothermia caused by water exposure typically starts between 60 and 70 degrees F. Your body temperature can drop to a low level at temperatures of 50 degrees -- or even higher if the weather is wet and windy.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following does not contribute to frostbite?

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The correct answer is: The clothing you wear in cold temperatures matters. It should protect exposed areas like your face, ears and hands. In cold weather, wear windproof, water-resistant, layered clothing. Put on heavy socks and a hat or scarf that covers the ears. And choose mittens, not gloves, to protect your hands and fingers.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a symptom of frostbite?

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The correct answer is: Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance of the skin can signal frostbite is occurring. Red skin may indicate tissue damaged by frostbite.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which winter sport is more dangerous?

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The correct answer is: In a study of 213,000 emergency department visits due to outdoor recreational activities, snowboarding was responsible for more than 25 percent. Sledding was second at 10 percent.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or False: Teeth chattering is one way your body warms itself up.

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The correct answer is: The hypothalamus in the brain helps keep our internal thermostat set at 98.6 degrees F. It sends out signals to warm up when your core temperature begins to drop. Shivering and chattering are two ways it warms up your body.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or False: Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks.

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The correct answer is: Cold temperatures can narrow arteries and raise blood pressure, both of which reduce the oxygen supply to the heart. The heart has to work harder pumping blood.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or False: Cold weather affects patients with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

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The correct answer is: Although the answer to this question is true, not much research has actually been done into the effects of weather on chronic pain. Studies have been mixed, though several show an association for patients in areas where temperatures and humidity levels change.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which kind of lotion is better for dry skin in winter?

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The correct answer is: An oil-based lotion creates a protective layer on the skin helping it retain more moisture than a water-based cream or lotion.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or False: Hot baths can damage your skin after exposure to the cold.

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The correct answer is: A hot bath or shower can break down the lipid barriers in your skin, which can lead to lost moisture and dry skin. Try a lukewarm bath after being out in the cold.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 12 of 20 Correct

If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, what's the best time of day to get light?

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The correct answer is: Researchers think the morning is the best time to get more light because it helps your body reset its internal clock.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or False: SAD affects only people during late fall and winter.

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The correct answer is: A small number of people with SAD are depressed during late spring and summer.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 14 of 20 Correct

What kind of poisoning is caused by fireplaces, heaters and portable generators and occurs mostly during winter months?

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The correct answer is: Carbon monoxide poisoning from nonautomotive sources kills more than 170 people and sends thousands to the hospital every year in the U.S.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a symptom of CO poisoning?

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The correct answer is: CO is odorless, colorless and otherwise undetectable by our senses. You may not know that they are being exposed. If you experience symptoms, get fresh air immediately and call 911.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 16 of 20 Correct

In children, what are the most common ice-skating injuries?

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The correct answer is: In a 2004 study of ice-skating injuries, the most common were to the head and face. Children should always wear appropriate safety gear -- including helmets -- when ice skating.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 17 of 20 Correct

What kind of helmet is recommended for ice skating?

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The correct answer is: The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that ice skaters use bicycle, hockey, ski or skateboard helmets. Skateboard, ski and hockey helmets may have more protection in the back of the head, where injuries are common.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or False: It's just as easy to get sunburned in winter as it is in summer.

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The correct answer is: Always wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun. In the winter, glare from the snow can actually magnify the sun's ability to scorch your skin.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 19 of 20 Correct

If you go into a skid while driving in icy weather, what should you do?

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The correct answer is: If your car begins to skid, take your foot off the gas and steer into the skid. Avoid oversteering and braking. Both can cause additional loss of control. In icy driving conditions, drive slower than you normally would and allow plenty of room between you and the next car.

Winter Weather Safety Quiz
Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or False: It's okay to use cruise control in wintery driving conditions.

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The correct answer is: Cruise control can cause wheel spin and loss of control on slick roads.

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