Kids off from school on Monday may want to get outside and build a snowman- but it may not be safe.
It doesn’t matter how many layers you’re wearing, it isn’t a good idea to be outside for much longer than 10 minutes. If you’re outside too long in such cold weather, your core temperature could start to drop. It becomes concerning if it goes below 95 degrees farenheight and can cause an altered mental state.
“Tomorrow with the predicted wind chills and kids being off from school I would almost expect that it’s probably not really a good day at all for playing in the snow and doing outdoor activities and sledding. It’s just too cold with the windchill so tomorrow’s probably a good day to stay inside and watch movies with the kids,” said Frank Manzo, assistant chief of clinical care at CHS Mobile Integrated Healthcare Inc.
Children are among the most affected by the cold, along with the elderly and those impaired by drugs or alcohol. Keeping yourself covered is key to avoiding hypothermia. Manza said any exposed skin is prone to it, especailly the head, face, ears, nose and extremities.
It’s a good idea to check on your elederly neighbors when it’s this cold out. Manza said shoveling the heavy snow can be hard on them, so help out your neighbors in the next couple days if you can.
You can find tips about avoiding frostbite here.