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How to protect yourself and stay healthy in the Winter months
MILWAUKEE - The extreme weather can have a significant impact on your health. The Centers for Disease Control warn against all affects the cold can have. Below are some of their tips -
Warnings signs of hypothermia:
In adults: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
In infants: bright red, cold skin and very low energy.
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite: a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.
Carbon Monoxide -
Carbon monoxide can be a significant issue in the Winter because of the use of personal heaters.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. When power outages occur during natural disasters and other emergencies, the use of alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.
What you need to know if the power goes out -
If the power goes out in subzero temps, here are some tips for staying safe.
The CDC has also put together a guide to Promoting Your Personal Health and Safety in Winter Months.