Make sure you do not stay outside for too long, as the National Weather Service says over a million Americans are susceptible to getting frostbite and hypothermia, even if they are outside for just a couple minutes.
Unfortunately the weather is something that is completely out of our control. The areas that are suffering the most are the states located in the northeast, the National Weather Service proclaimed, but freezing temperatures are blowing all throughout the country effecting the health and safety of over 120 million citizens in the country, making it the coldest it has been in quite some time.
Advisors are being sent out throughout the country, and New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, warned citizens that they should expect the temperature to go as low as 9 degrees.
The real killer is the wind factor that is increasing due to arctic front that is moving within our country. The wind has the ability to make the temperature feel several degrees lower than it actually is, leaving the temperatures below zero.
Frostbite can occur at any temperature below 31 degrees, so if the temperatures are going below ten degrees, there is a higher probability that you could be stricken with it. Frostbite can affect most parts of the body, but has a tendency to form most commonly on the nose, ears, toes, and fingers, all the areas that may be easily exposed.
So what do we do when we have things that need to get done outside? Whether it’s walking the dogs, or even shoveling snow or cleaning off our cars, the best thing to do is pace yourself and make sure you are not exposing yourself to these temperatures too much, dress as warm as you can, and make sure you wear; scarves, hats, mittens or gloves, and multiple layers of clothes, that way the wind will not be able to get to your body. If you start to feel a part of your body going numb, then get yourself somewhere warm as soon as possible.
Even when you are indoors, make sure you dress warm, have the heat on, and make sure that cold air is not constantly entering your home by making sure all windows are sealed, and that doors remain closed whenever possible.
As some parts of the country are even closing schools down or ending classes early because of the weather, do not let your children play outside, or walk home if it has snowed, and make sure they do not walk home from school and have access to transportation. Keep them inside with indoor activities, until this cold weather subsides.
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