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Brutal Temperatures And Wind Chills This Week Leading Into The Christmas Holiday

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe:

  1. With forecasted wind chills as low as -60 degrees, frostbite can occur in as little as five minutes. Make sure you have as little exposed skin as possible.
  2. Some of the signs of frostbite are numbness and your skin changing color. If you are experiencing these symptoms, run the affected area under room temperature water.
  3. Be aware of the signs of hypothermia: confusion, excessive shivering, slurred speech, sleepiness, and stiff muscles.
  4. To combat mild hypothermia, get inside as soon as possible and drink something warm.
  5. If you stop shivering or suddenly feel warm, these are signs of severe hypothermia and you should immediately seek medical help.
  6. You should also seek immediate medical help if you have severe frostbite. You can tell you have severe frostbite if your skin turns bluish-gray and the affected area no longer feels cold.
  7. Stay dry. Frostbite and hypothermia can happen more quickly if your clothes become wet.
  8. Dress in layers. You should wear a base layer that wicks moisture away from your skin; a mid-layer for warmth; and an outer layer for wind protection.
  9. Wear mittens. They are warmer than gloves because your fingers are kept together.
  10. Cover your mouth and nose to protect your lungs from the cold air.
  11. Avoid exerting yourself. Sweating in the cold is dangerous because it pulls heat away from your body.
  12. Eat warm food often. Being out in the cold burns a lot of calories and warm food can help your body not need to work as hard to stay warm.
  13. Your vehicle also needs some special care in cold temperatures. Give yourself extra time to warm up your vehicle after starting it.
  14. Be careful near intersections, where vehicles can be in one place for an extended period of time. The exhaust can freeze onto the road in a very thin layer of ice, making it very difficult to see.
  15. The best way to avoid the dangers of extreme cold is to not go outside unless it’s absolutely necessary.


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