Cold Weather Is On the Way

Posted on 1/18/2019 2:09:38 PM

Rapidly plunging temperatures are expected following this weekend’s major winter system. Sub-zero wind chills can cause frostbite and hypothermia. The way to avoid frostbite and hypothermia is to plan for extreme cold before it arrives. Don’t get caught unprepared.

  • Dress in layers.
  • Cover exposed skin to reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Seek shelter from the wind as much as possible while outside.
  • Once inside again, change into dry clothing immediately if you are wet.
  • Bring pets inside

Understand and watch for frostbite and hypothermia

Frostbite can happen in minutes, especially on the extremities such as fingers, toes, nose, and ears, but can affect any area of exposed skin.If you suspect frostbite, immediately move inside to a heated location and begin warming the affected areas using warm water or body heat. Do not use hot water or radiant heat such as a fireplace since affected areas can be easily burned. Seek medical attention for severe frostbite.

Beware of Hypothermia

When your body temperature sinks below 96°F, you have hypothermia, a serious health hazard that occurs when body temperature is lowered too much. Get medical attention immediately. Move the victim inside to a heated location and begin warming the center of the body first lying close to the person and cover both of you with thick blankets. The hotter you get, the more warmth you can give the other person. Don’t rub the person or handle him or her roughly. If the person is unconscious, administer CPR.

This message brought to you by the Emergency Management Office.