County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick J. would like to remind county residents that extreme cold temperatures bring the danger of frostbite and hypothermia. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected.
When working or playing outdoors during the winter, anyone can develop frostbite. There is no pain associated with the early stages of frostbite, so be alert for these frostbite danger signs.
Skin may feel numb and become flushed. Then it turns white or grayish-yellow. Frostbitten skin feels cold to the touch.
If you suspect frostbite, move to a warm area and cover the affected area with something warm and dry. Never rub frostbitten skin.
Seek medical attention as quickly as possible
Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia. Know the symptoms to watch for and how to respond to hypothermia.
Symptoms of hypothermia include inability to concentrate, poor coordination, slurred speech, drowsiness, exhaustion, and uncontrollable shivering, followed by a sudden lack of shivering.
If the person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, get emergency medical assistance immediately!
Remove wet clothing, wrap the victim in warm blankets and give warm, non-alcoholic, decaffeinated liquids until help arrives.
Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart. Heavy exertion, such as shoveling snow, clearing debris or pushing a car, can increase the risk of a heart attack. To avoid problems, remember these tips:
- Stay warm, dress warm and slow down when working outdoors.
- Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion.
- If you feel chest pain—stop and seek help immediately.
—Submitted by the Nassau County Public Information Office