Temperatures like the ones being predicted for this weekend, which will be dipping down nearly to zero, are very dangerous to everyone. Extreme cold and its effects can vary across different areas of the country and can bring on serious health emergencies to those without shelter or those who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat. Preparing for weather extremes is important and goes beyond good insulation in your home. Preparation includes a survival kit for your home and car as well as one for any pets you may have.
If you do happen to venture outside it should be for short periods at a time to avoid things such as Hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when you are exposed to cold temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Long periods of time in the cold will use up your body’s stored energy resulting in abnormally low body temperature. Signs of Hypothermia include:
- fumbling hands
- slurred speech
- bright red / cold skin
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or another including an infant, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees get medical attention immediately! For more information on Hypothermia, please take a few moments to view this short video.