Cold weather brings risk of hypothermia and frostbite

The Department of Public Health says it is important to bundle up before hitting cold weather temperatures.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The Department of Public Health wants to make sure your bundled up in warm layers before heading outdoors.

According to DPH Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller, it is important to keep an eye on neighbors and loved ones if they are spending an extended amount of time outside.

Miller says if the body temperature drops below 95 degrees, hypothermia could already be setting in.

Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion and memory loss.

"So that's why I say check on people. Pay attention to what's going on around you. If your child comes in and the skin is very red, it may be that there's already some on sight of frostbite so that needs medical attention," said Miller.

The warning signs of frost bite include painful red marks on the skin and numbness.

Miller says both hypothermia and frost bite can be extremely dangerous and need medical attention immediately.

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