Health department safety tips for temperature drop

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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As high temperatures reach the teens this weekend and the lows dip into single digits, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering some tips to keep you safe.

During the cold, try to stay indoors whenever possible. If you have to head outside make sure to bundle up with layered clothing along with hats, scarves, or knit masks to cover your face and mouth. Water-resistant coats and water-resistant boots are both recommended.

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Try to avoid exertion while outdoors, as cold weather can put a strain on the heart. Avoid walking on ice and try to keep your driveways and walkways free of snow and ice.

Be on the lookout for signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite, both very serious conditions. Warning signs of Hypothermia can be shivering, confusion, exhaustion, memory loss, fumbling hands, slurred speech and drowsiness. Warning signs for Frostbite can be redness or pain in any skin area, white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.

For more information and helpful tips, visit the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFCHD.