Here comes the bitter cold into the Piedmont-Triad area.
But with the cold air comes a reminder to make sure you stay safe from weather-related emergencies from your health to your home and everything in between.
WFMY News 2 has got you covered with what you need to know including: safety and first aid for being in the cold, home heating safety information, and reporting power outages.
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Exposure to cold temperatures both inside and outside can cause serious health or even life-threatening problems.
Below you'll find tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep you safe from the cold temperatures.
FACT: Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age.
When going outside make sure you dress warmly – always think layers. You will want to make sure that the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven.
FACT: Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.
Also if you can find wind resistant clothing that's a better option to reduce body-heat loss, according to the CDC. Both adults and children should wear the following when going outside:
FACT: If you feel too warm, lose extra layers of clothing because excess perspiration will increase heat loss in the body.
Extreme cold could put you at a risk for weather-related health problems or even an emergency.
It doesn't take a long time for symptoms of Hypothermia or Frostbite to appear for those who are exposed to extreme cold. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider, according to the CDC.
FACT: Do not ignore shivering. It's the first sign that the body is losing heat.
Hypothermia Symptoms In Adults
Hypothermia Symptoms In Infants
*If you notice any of these signs take the person's temperature. If it's below 95° the situation is an emergency – get medical attention immediately.
Hypothermia First Aid
FACT: A person with severe hypothermia could be unconscious and might not have a pulse or even be breathing. In this case call for help and perform CPR. Also continue CPR while warming the victim.
According to the CDC, in some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.
Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. It can cause a loss of feeling and color in affected areas.
FACT: Frostbite most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chins, fingers, and toes.
FACT: A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.
Frostbite First Aid
NOTE – Because Frostbite and Hypothermia both result from exposure, it's important to determine first if the victim has signs of Hypothermia. That's because Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical help.
Home Heating Safety
At home you're turning up the heat, pulling out the heavy blankets, making a cozy fire, or bringing out the space heaters among other ways to stay warm.
FACT: Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February
Space Heater/Portable Heater Safety
Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association, American Red Cross
FACT:1 in 20 Space heater home fires are fatal
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Find out more about other sources of home heating and fire safety: WFMY News 2 Cold Weather Home Fire Safety Guide
Preparing For The Cold At Home
You can help reduce energy demand during the cold weather. Duke Energy offers tips:
Reporting Power Outages
The low temperatures will put higher stress on mechanical equipment used to generate and deliver electricity. Isolated equipment problems are possible, which could result in unplanned scattered outages.
Customers who experience power outages should call Duke Energy's automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:
Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON OR (1-800-769-3766)
Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356
Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online.
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Don't forget about your pets outside. Pets need to be brought in during the cold weather or you could face legal charges.
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