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How to stay safe from frostbite and hypothermia during cold weather

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With some of our coldest weather in weeks expected overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, it's important to understand the dangers of cold weather.

The First Alert 5 weather team is expecting temperatures in the teens with wind chills in some spots reaching subzero temperatures.

So what does that mean? Essentially it's going to feel really cold outside Thursday morning.

With cold conditions back in the forecast, it's important to take precautions and understand the terminology used when temperatures fall below freezing.

A Wind chill is how it feels outside, not how cold it actually is.

Low wind chills mean that it can be dangerous to be outside, especially for a long time. Wind chill can be determined based on the actual air temperature and how strong the winds outside are.

Frostbite, the freezing of skin and tissue beneath it, can also be a danger when temperatures fall below freezing. It can also happen sooner than you'd think.

When there is a temperature of zero and winds of 15 miles per hour, frostbite can happen in as little as 30 minutes to exposed areas of the body. The human body works to preserve vital functions first, while fingers and toes and other areas with limited circulation are at risk of frostbite first.

Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature becomes dangerously low and it is the most common winter weather killer. Dying of exposure basically means dying of hypothermia. Deaths from hypothermia can occur when temperatures are between 30 and 50 degrees, so it’s something to take seriously.

Protect yourself from cold weather by:

  • Staying dry. This will help your body hold onto more heat
  • Staying covered. Wear coats, gloves, and hats. Half of your body head can be lost through an uncovered head
  • Wearing layers. Air between layer helps insulate the body.
  • Minimize outdoor exposure on very cold days.

Also keep pets in mind when it gets cold outside. If it's too cold outside for you, it's probably too cold for them to be outside very long.

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