Dangers of Friday morning’s extreme cold

Wind chills Friday morning could make temperatures feel well below zero.

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday morning’s temperatures are dangerously cold, increasing chances for things like hypothermia and frost bite.

It’s important to remember that it doesn’t take much time for symptoms of both to occur. If you have to go outside, cover up exposed skin and don’t stay out longer than 30 minutes. Other ways to protect yourself include:

  • Dressing in layered, loose-fitting clothing
  • Staying hydrated
  • Staying full– your body needs food to generate heat

Warning signs of hypothermia:

  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion, memory loss
  • Slurred Speech
  • Drowsiness

Signs and symptoms of frost bite:

  • Cold skin, numbness
  • Bluish-white colored skin
  • Hard, waxy looking skin

Pets are also susceptible to frost bite and other cold-weather related illness. It will be best to limit their time outside Friday morning and throughout the day. When your pets do go outside, keep an eye on them at all times and dress them in a jacket or sweater if possible.

22News asked viewers Friday morning what they do to prepare for extremely cold weather.

Eileen O’Kane told 22News it’s hard for cats to find a clear, warm place to do their business outside on days like Friday. She said she recommends keeping outdoor cats inside and making sure all the litter boxes are clean.

What things do you do to prepare for cold temperatures? Let us know by emailing ReportIt@wwlp.com