Tips to stay safe in frigid weather

January 24, 2013 by  
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— The Orange County Department of Health wants residents to watch out for some of the dangers associated with this week’s frigid temperatures.

Orange County Commissioner of Health Dr. Jean M. Hudson offers these important guidelines to help residents stay safe during the extreme cold:

Watch for signs of hypothermia. Early signs of hypothermia in adults include shivering, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, exhaustion and slurred speech. Infants may appear to have very low energy and bright red, cold skin.

Take extra precautions. In high wind conditions, cold weather-related health problems are much more likely. Be sure the outer layer of clothing is tightly woven to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. If you will be spending time outside, do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat and a signal to return indoors quickly.

Go slowly. Since cold weather puts an extra burden on the heart, people with cardiac problems or high blood pressure should follow doctor’s orders about shoveling or performing any strenuous exercise outside. Even otherwise-healthy adults should remember that their bodies already are working overtime just to stay warm, and dress appropriately and work slowly when doing heavy outdoor chores.

“We must keep tabs on our friends and neighbors who may need a little extra help during the extreme cold – especially the sick, elderly, and the very young,” County Executive Edward A. Diana said. “Going outside and having fun on a winter day is all part of growing up in Orange Count. Just be prepared and limit your time.”

Find this and more health and safety information on the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.ny.gov.


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