Beverly Lewis, a health educator with the PHD in Princeton, offered up many ideas and things to keep in mind while battling cold temperatures this winter. According to Lewis, problems can start well before the temperature hits a freezing point.
“Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even when the temperature is not that low,” she said via email.
For example, if the temperature is zero degrees and the wind is blowing at 15 miles per hour, frostbite can begin to occur within 30 minutes, a graphic from weatherimages.com says.
Lewis said symptoms of frostbite might include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and “waxy” feeling skin. Symptoms of hypothermia also might include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and extreme shivering.
In 1999, almost 600 deaths were attributed to hypothermia or cold weather, according to the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Locally, Pat King, with the Cabinet for Families and Children, has taken steps on her own and with the help of area churches to provide blankets to people who might be in need.
This is not the first year she has collected blankets. She said he has been doing the blanket collection for “a few years” after witnessing first-hand the danger of cold weather.
“I was at a house…and there was a couple that was sharing a blanket that didn’t have a whole lot,” she said.
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