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How to deal with a frozen tongue or fingers

By Edited Jun 21, 2015 0 0

Most of us have seen the movie A Christmas Story where the young child on the playground had been dared to stick his tongue on a freezing metal pole. Even though showcased in the movies, having a tongue or other appendage stuck on freezing metal can be serious business. In this article I will show you how to handle this rare but possible scenario.

Things You Will Need

Warm Water

Remain Calm

Step 1

First of all do not panic, if you are alone try to cup your hands around your mouth to create a seal between you and the object you are stuck to. Now breathe steadily out of your mouth. After a short time the heat created by your breath as well as using your hands as an insulator should in most cases melt the ice that is making you stick to the object.

Step 2

Do not try to jerk free, if you try and pull your skin off of a frozen surface you will almost certainly hurt yourself in the process. If you are lucky enough to have someone with you at the time, recruit them to help with step one if you are having trouble doing it yourself.

Step 3

The absolute quickest way to unfreeze you from a metal object is to have someone grab a little warm water and slowly pour the water over the afflicted area. Do not use hot water, without thinking you could actually hurt the person you are trying to help!

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