Frigid Temperatures and Low Wind Chills Make Cold Weather Safety of Utmost Importance

 
Bitterly Cold Air Now Surging Into the Mid State.
 
*** Wind Chill Advisory in effect until Noon ***  
 
The following Cold Weather Safety Tips 
are intended to help you endure this
winter storm with the least amount of
discomfort possible:
 
First, you should remember that long 
term exposure to very cold temperatures
can pose a serious threat to your health.
 
Frostbite is an injury to the body caused
by freezing body tissue. The most
susceptible parts of the body are the 
extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes,
or the tip of the nose. Symptoms include 
a loss of feeling in the extremity and a
white or pale appearance. Medical attention
is needed immediately for frostbite.
 
Hypthermia is abnormally low body temperature.
Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering,
memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, 
slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent
exhaustion. Medical attention is needed 
immediately for hypothermia.
 
WHEN YOU NEED TO GO OUT INTO THE COLD...
 
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm
clothing. Trapped air between the layers will
insulate you.
 
Wear outer garments that are tightly woven,
water repellent and hooded.
 
Wear a hat, 40% of your body heat can be lost
from your head.
 
Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from
extreme cold.
 
Mittens, sung at the wrist are better than
gloves.
 
Try and stay dry and out of the wind. 
 
 
The cold weather during the first ten days
of this month made it the eighth coldest
start to the month of December on record 
at Nashville...and the coldest start to 
December since 1942. The cold weather
forecast today through Tuesday will be
the coldest of the season so far.


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