How to protect yourself from frostbite

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Frostbite and hypothermia are both concerns as the cold temperatures and wind chills make their way to Central New York.

Wind chills will be below zero when you wake up Monday morning. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes if you’re not properly dressed and prepared. It is important to know the symptoms. 

“Numbness, tingling, you might see some bluish color to your finger tips or your toes. Even your noes, you might start to see some purple or blue color,” said Tamara Roberts of Upstate Medical Clark Burn Center. “If you see any of that you want to start rewarming yourself and get inside.”

Roberts says frostbite is treated the same way a burn would be.

When picking clothing to wear, synthetic materials are a good choice. Avoid cotton because it absorbs moisture easily and takes a long time to dry in the cold. As the temperatures drop, the snow already on the ground isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

If you haven’t found the strength to shovel yet, be sure to bundle up and shovel in short segments to avoid frostbite and overexert yourself.

When it comes to keeping your home nice and cozy, if you’re going use space heaters keep them away from things like your bed, furniture and other things that could easily catch fire. Local leaders and first responders want to reitterate that if you don’t have to leave the house, stay inside.

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