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Battling The Cold Weather

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When it's this cold out the best advice is to stay inside, but we know you're busy and have errands to run.

Next time you fill up your gas tank, or are walking into the store, time yourself. Anything over three minutes concerns an emergency room doctor because in these high winds and cold temperatures, any exposed skin can become a target.

"Your fingers tingle, it's painful, you then would lose the feeling, the muscles start to get stiff," Genesis E.R. Director Steven Bashor said.

Those are warning signs he says pay attention to because the results get nasty and can lead to a hospital trip.

"If you have to be outside for any prolonged period of time, I'd say three minutes make sure your face is covered with a scarf, common sense things, you can always take the layers off," Bashor said.

Fingers, toes, the tip of a nose are most at risk, but not everyone has the ability to avoid being outside. Kids and adults wait for busses to get to school and work.

"Cover everything that's exposed, that's the time when it doesn't matter if the scarf doesn't match the coat, you're out there for warmth and comfort for your child," Bashor said.

He says extra layers can always be removed in those cases.

Layers Cody Meatyard is covered in, "Thermals, snowpants, a scarf, a jacket, a hat, gloves, snowboots, and a hat."

He said it was a nice day for sledding. Although he knows when to pack it in.

"I go inside and just sit down," Meatyard said.

His sister Kennsey said their parents are watching out for them. Making sure they're bundled up.

"They say if we don't our gloves or hat on they say get your gloves or hat on," Kennsey Meatyard said.

Calling them back home when it had been long enough.

"To get warm clothes on and then sit and watch TV," she said.

Warming up with some hot air, and maybe a cup of hot cocoa.

If you start to feel stiff head inside. That's a sign the body is beginning to get too cold. If you think you have frostbite, the best advice is to go to the hospital to get checked out.

 

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