Wind Chill Warning This Weekend
A Wind Chill Warning will be in effect Saturday, Jan. 16 from 6PM until 10AM Sunday, Jan. 17, according to noaa.gov.
This could cause frostbite and hypothermia in minutes if adventuring outdoors. Staying indoors is the best advice.
If going outside be sure to dress in layers: hats, mittens rather than gloves, scarf, snowmobile suit or snowpants and a nice warm coat and boats.
Eat nutritious, warm food and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of warm fluids and water throughout the day.
Ask your doctor if any medicine you're taking could increase the risk of hypothermia. Some that may include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine and tricyclic antidepressants.
Frostbite will happen as your body kicks in survival mechanisms, by cutting off circulation to extremities, which could freeze without circulation.
There are four degrees of frostbite:
- First degree: Ice crystals form
- Second degree: Skin feels warm even when not defrosted
- Third degree: Skin turns red or white
- Fourth degree: Pain lasts for hours and skin may be dark blue or black. Go to a doctor asap.
Get indoors quickly and until that happens:
- Put your hands in your armpits.
- Do not rub or massage cold body parts.
- Drink warm liquids
- Put on extra layers, clothes and blankets
- Get in a WARM bath and wrap a WARM, moist towel around face and ears.
- Do not walk on frostbitten feet -- this could cause more damage.
- Do not go near a hot stove or use a heating pad. This could cause burns that could cause blisters.
- Do Not pop the blisters.
If skin turns blue or gray, becomes swollen and blistered, feels hard or numb (even under the surface) go to the hospital.
Hypothermia is when the body temperature is below 96 degrees and you feel cold and sluggish, having difficulty thinking clearly. It is best to get to an emergency room when this happens.
If you are with someone that may have hypothermia, call 911 then cover them as best as possible.
Hypothermia may cause death, yearly some 28,000 have died.
Stay warm. Bundle up if going outside.