Michiana sees dangerously low temperatures

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Freezing temperatures continue in the Michiana area. Roads seem to be a lot clearer but the ice is taking over. As you head out the door you want to make sure you take the proper safety precautions on the road and bundle up.

From 5 a.m. to noon temperatures will be in the negative teens creating very dangerous conditions. That means folks can only be outside for about 10 minutes before they could be subject to frostbite.

Some signs of frostbite consist of redness and pain, if your skin turns a white or grayish yellow skin color, feels firm or waxy and has numbness.
If you do have these symptoms you want to go into a warm place.

Warm that area of your body with warm, not hot water or body heat. Do not use a heating pad, fireplace or heat lamp to warm up because you could burn yourself.

Another worry during these cold temperatures is hypothermia. Hypothermia happens when you have abnormally low body temperature. It can make you unable to think or move clearly.

Some signs of hypothermia are shivering and exhaustion, confusion and fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
For infants some signs consist of bright red and cold skin and very low energy. If you have these signs, go to the emergency room.

In addition to human health, during this time you have to think about your pets. Normally a pet should not be outside much below 35 to 40 degrees without proper shelter. When you do take them out it should only be for five to six minutes.

Make sure you inspect them for possible frostbite. Pets, especially dogs, can get frostbite on the tips of their ears, tails, nose and sometimes eye lids.

Some of the signs of frostbite could be shivering and a red or sore nose. If you think your pet is suffering from frostbite, use the same treatment as you would for humans.


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