The recent cold spell has increased the concerns people have with getting frostbite, and reports from the Midwest told us about people who died from prolonged cold exposure.
Even though the trend is currently for warmer weather, you still need to take precautions when the weather is calling for temperatures under 10 degrees with low wind chill numbers.
Recently, the NY Times offered some great advice on what you can do to protect yourself.
How to Avoid Frostbite and Hypothermia in Extreme Cold Weather
By Karen Zraick Jan. 29, 2019
Here’s how to stay safe as a polar vortex puts the Midwest into a deep freeze this week: Do. Not. Go. Outside.
Experts warn that even a short time in the blistering cold can be extremely dangerous, with the risk of hypothermia and frostbite increasing every minute.
Of course, many of us have no choice: We have to go to work, take care of others, clear snow, get supplies. If you’ll be outside for any amount of time, you should dress warmly and cover any exposed skin.
Here’s what can happen if you don’t.