Protect yourself from the cold

The weather is very cold today and it will stay that way for a while, more than a week.

But there are many ways you can protect your family from the bitter cold, which can be very dangerous. Actions include preparing your home and family, dressing for the weather, recognizing symptoms of cold weather exposure and what to do during a storm.

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Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C), according to the Mayo Clinic.

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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