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Dangers of Extreme Cold Weater

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

While your home can be damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal
health is also at risk. Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in
2015. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on
you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is
caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are
white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness. Hypothermia
occurs when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused
from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion,
confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s
body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these
conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

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