Don't forget to check out the READY WISCONSIN website!!
Dangerously cold temperatures and frigid wind chills are in the forecast for
much of Wisconsin. ReadyWisconsin along with the Department of Health
(DHS) are teaming up to warn people about the bitter weather and precautions
you and your family should take to keep safe.
Frostbite can occur on exposed
skin in less than 30 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or
pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. If you see
these signs, seek medical care immediately!
Hypothermia (abnormally low body
temperature) symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands,
memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and children. In infants,
symptoms can include bright red or cold skin and very low energy. If you notice
anyone exhibiting any of the symptoms of hypothermia, seek medical care
you must work outside wear proper clothing for cold and windy conditions. Wear
layers and make sure to cover your head, ears and hands.
dangerous. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed
exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or
make an existing medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or
cardiovascular disease worse.
Monoxide Danger - Breathing carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood
and can cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to
carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches, fatigue,
dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea/vomiting, and confusion. If
you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, or your carbon
monoxide detector sounds an alarm, call 911. Never run a gasoline or propane
heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage.
Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide.
is a campaign from Wisconsin Emergency Management with a mission to prepare
individuals, families and businesses for emergencies and disasters. For
additional winter safety tips, visit http://ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov or follow us on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin). For additional cold
weather health and safety information, visit, https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/weather/winterweather.htm, and follow DHS on
Twitter https://twitter.com/DHSWI .