Wind Chill Warning - Community Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a WIND CHILL ADVISORY for Montgomery County until 9:00 am Friday. High winds combined with below freezing temperatures are expected to drive the wind chill temperatures to below -5F. In these temperatures, exposed skin will freeze within 5 minutes. Hypothermia is a dangerous possibility. Residents are advised to dress in layers when functioning outdoors.

Dress for the Weather

Wear several layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

Wear mittens which are warmer than gloves.

Wear a hat.

Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Hypothermia:

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia, especially in children and the elderly. Watch for these symptoms:

Inability to concentrate

Poor coordination

Slurred speech

Drowsiness

Exhaustion

Uncontrollable shivering, followed by a sudden lack of shivering

If the person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, get emergency medical assistance immediately! Remove wet clothing, wrap the victim in warm blankets and give warm, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated liquids until help arrives.

Frostbite:

People working or playing outdoors during the winter can develop frostbite and not even know it. There is no pain associated with the early stages of frostbite, so learn to watch for these danger signs:

First, the skin may feel numb and become flushed. Then it turns white or grayish-yellow. Frostbitten skin feels cold to the touch.

If frostbite is suspected, move the victim to a warm area. Cover the affected area with something warm and dry. Never rub it!

Then get to a doctor or hospital as quickly as possible.

Be safe!

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