Oakland County Health Division shares tips for staying safe, indoors and outdoors, in this week's extreme cold weather.
Wednesday, January 23
Oakland County Health Division advises residents to take precautions against extreme cold during winter months. As temperatures drop, heat can leave your body faster than normal resulting in hypothermia or frostbite. “While anyone can be affected by extreme cold, infants and elderly are particularly at risk, as are people with diabetes because of impaired circulation,” said Kathy Forzley, Health Division manager/ health officer. “Proper precautions need to be taken to avoid serious health problems caused by cold weather.” Dress properly to reduce the possibility of hypothermia and frostbite. The outer layer of your clothing should be tightly woven and wind resistant to help reduce the loss of body heat. When outside, adults and children …
Think frostbite is something that only happens in the Arctic? With a 25-degrees-below-zero windchill expected for Michigan Tuesday, think again.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for southeast Michigan until 1 p.m. Tuesday—with temperatures heading down to -5 and the wind chil expected to hit 25 degrees below zero. The Henry Ford Health System—with a medical center in Troy —offers some tips to stay safe during this blistering cold weather. Prevention The key to avoiding cold weather injuries is to dress appropriately. This includes layering clothing with a first layer that pulls moisture away from the skin, an outer layer that keeps the elements out and a middle layer that insulates. Hats are a must because the head is where 30 percent of the body’s heat loss takes place. Gloves and face protection also are necessary in extremely cold weather. What is frostbite? Frostbite is …