CONCORD –State Department of Health and Human Services cautions residents to dress in layers and watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite as blizzard-like conditions bring extreme cold and wind chills this weekend.
“Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures has the potential to cause serious or life-threatening health problems,” DHHS Emergency Services Unit Director Rick Cricenti said. “The most common cold weather problems are hypothermia and frostbite. The elderly and infants are most at risk, but extreme cold can affect anyone.”
Warming stations and shelters will be opened on an as-needed basis by local communities, he said.
DHHS offers the following tips to help prevent serious illness or injury from the cold:
- · Avoid staying outside unprotected for extended periods of time during extreme cold.
- · If possible avoid going out during the coldest part of the day.
- · Dress in layers so you can adjust for various conditions.
- · Wear warm clothing, including hats, mittens, jackets and insulated boots.
- · Stay hydrated.
- · Get out of wet clothes immediately.
- · Watch for signs of hypothermia: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.
- · Recognize warning signs of frostbite: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.
If you recognize any symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite in you or someone else seek medical attention immediately.