Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Time to Learn Extreme Cold Prevention
In Illinois weather history, January 6, 2014 will be a day that will live in infamy thanks to a polar vortex that’s brought bitterly cold Arctic air to the Midwest, plunging temps to -16 below zero (-50 with the wind chill!) across Chicagoland and forcing hundreds of school and business closings.
How dangerous? Under current temperatures with a sub-zero windchill, it takes only 5 minutes to suffer frostbite, which, in extreme cases, can require surgical removal of damaged skin and/or amputating fingers and toes. Often times victims don’t even know that they’ve been injured because their frostbitten skin is numb.
Luckily, frostbite can be prevented by simply knowing how to dress for the cold and making sure that all exposed skin is covered with protective outwear like gloves, scarves, hats and hoods. But! As the chart below shows, you only have so much time!
Smart, Warm and Safe with Extreme Cold Prevention!
Of course, the best way to protect yourself from the extreme cold is to stay indoors, but the reality is that we all have to go out eventually. That’s why we highly recommend downloading the CDC’s “Extreme Cold” prevention guide. It’s filled with expert advice on staying safe in your home, outdoors and while traveling under the worst Winter conditions.