With temperatures across much of the country predicted to remain south of freezing for at least another week, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent cold-related health issues, such as hypothermia or frostbite, from developing.
Hypothermia, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is an abnormally low body temperature, and a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. When the body temperature drops too low, it affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.
Stay safe this winter by learning more about Hypothermia, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia.
Frostbite is a bodily injury caused by freezing that results in loss of feeling and color in affected areas, according to the CDC. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, with severe cases leading to amputation.
Stay safe this winter by learning more about Frostbite, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops frostbite.
For more information about winter weather safety, emergency preparedness, healthy living and more, visit the CDC.