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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold
During an Extreme Cold Warning
Redness or pain in any skin area, white or grayish/yellowish skin color, skin that feels firm or waxy, and numbness.
Move inside to a heated location.
Begin warming the affected area by using warm water or body heat.
Do NOT use hot water or radiant heat such as a fire place.
Seek medical attention for severe frostbite.
Low body temperature, Shivering, Confusion, Difficulty speaking, Sleepiness and Stiff Muscles
Move indoors to a heated location.
Begin warming the center of the body first.
Seek medical attention immediately.
If person is unconscious, administer CPR
Body temperature is 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, cold & sluggish feeling, trouble thinking clearly.
Call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately.
If you are someone trying to help someone with Hyperthermia, lie close to the person and cover both with a thick blanket and allow your body heat to warm them until paramedics arrive. Do NOT rub the person or handle them roughly. The warmer you are, the more body heat they will receive from you.
People exposed to extreme cold are susceptible to frostbite and can succumb to hypothermia in a matter of minutes. Areas most prone to frostbite are uncovered skin and the extremities, such as hands and feet .
Dress for winter. Wear multiple layers of clothing, hat, gloves, boots and a scarf.
Minimize exposure to brisk winds and excessive cold temperatures by avoiding being outdoors in early mornings when it is typically the coldest temp of the day.
Warming Center Information
Need Information on a warming center? Call the Winthrop Harbor Police Department at 847-872-2131