Feb 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Safety officials urge residents to protect against extreme cold


CONCORD - Temperatures will drop 25 degrees below zero and in some places as low as 40 degrees below zero tonight.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the State Homeland Security and Emergency Management office are urging residents to protect their life and property now.

"Taking a few preventative actions now can avoid a costly emergency later," said Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer.

Extreme temperature drops can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. To prevent this, officials recommend dressing in layers and making sure you are hydrated. Officals also recommend walking carefully on snowy/icy walkways.

Signs of frostbite:
- loss of feeling
- white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, earlobes, and tip of nose
Seek medical help immediatly if signs appear.

Signs of hypothermia:
- uncontrollable shivering
- memory loss
- disorientation
- incoherence
- slurred speech
- drowsiness
- exhaustion

If you experience signs of hypothermia, officials recommend transporting the individual to a warm location and removing any damp or wet clothing. Put the individual in to dry clothing and wrap their entire body in a blanket. Officials also say if the individual is cohearant, to give them a warm non-alcoholic or non-decaffeinated beverage and seek medical help as soon as possible.


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