Dangers of Extreme Cold in Towson Maryland
According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015. Even scarier? 53 people died and 3 were injured due to extreme cold the same year. It is important to be aware of the impact of extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, Skin that’s feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.
Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not dress warm in layers and try to keep dry!