Avoiding Frostbite, Hypothermia in Dangerous Cold Temps

Published 01/05 2014 08:23PM

Updated 02/06 2014 05:12AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Another blast of dangerously cold temperatures is lingering over southwest Missouri, posing a danger to anyone outside for any period of time.  There is another big health concern with these sub-freezing temperatures: hypothermia.

That's when your internal body temperature falls too low.

Jason Martin of CoxHealth says the biggest worry is that people stay out too long in the weather.

"Anything over 10 or 15 minutes you really need to start heading inside. If you're outside and you're just uncovering your car or getting the snow off your car then that's fine, but when it's this cold you shouldn't be outside at all unless you're just going from one point to another point," Martin said.

Here are some tips to stay safe in these temperatures.

  • Wear heavy clothes, gloves, waterproof boots, and hats.

  • Make sure to keep your clothes dry.

It's when clothes get wet that you have a big risk for frostbite on your fingers and toes.

  • But most importantly, just stay inside if you can.

  • It's a good idea to keep extra blankets or a jacket in your car in case you're in a wreck and have to be on the side of the road for a while.

  • And please remember to keep your pets inside with you.

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