Health risks of the extreme cold

Hypothermia, frostbite are risks in subzero temperatures

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP)– In subzero temperatures like those we saw Friday morning, you will need to dress yourself and your children appropriately. 22News is working for you with steps that you can take to prevent a dangerous situation.

  • Any children that need to wait for the school bus or walk to school should have hats, scarves, and layers of clothing under a jacket, which will help prevent them from losing body heat, according to the Red Cross.
  • In bitter cold temperatures, you want to be sure that you leave as little exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pain or redness in a specific part of your body, such as your nose, fingers, or ears, is the first sign of frostbite.
  • If that happens to you while outdoors, it’s important to go back inside where it’s warm, but if symptoms persist you need to see a doctor.

Temperatures below zero also put you and your children at risk for hypothermia, which is when your body looses heat faster than it can produce it. The first sign of hypothermia is usually uncontrollable shivering.

To track these extreme cold temperatures wherever you are, be sure to download the 22News Storm Team Weather App!

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