American Red Cross warns of hypothermia during harsh weather conditions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – When weather conditions are below freezing, a harsh reality for some is the issue of hypothermia.

Prolonged exposure to cold weather can cause the body to lose heat faster than it can produce it.

“Hypothermia can actually be deadly, so this is something where an individual might be you know a little dizzy, or disoriented, speech could be slurred, if you do start to notice the symptoms of hypothermia of course get this person inside and warm,” said Brian Williamsen with the South-Central Illinois American Red Cross.

Frostbite can also be an issue, a painful, blistering feeling that attacks the skin cells.

Williamson gives a tip to keep in mind when experiencing frostbite.

“For example, on frostbite, do go inside and then with the warming up the hand for example, you want to do that in warm water, versus hot water,” said Williamsen.

More safety tips from the American Red Cross are to be aware of the wind chill. Dress appropriately and avoid staying in the cold too long. Wear a hat and gloves when appropriate with layers of clothing.

Take frequent breaks from the cold.

Prepare to get out of the cold immediately if the signals of hypothermia or frostbite appear.

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