By Kristin Beerman | email
Edited by Jon Bush | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – By now, you know frigid temperatures are gripping much of the nation, not to mention wind chills in the teens if you stepped outside in Lubbock Wednesday night. The CDC has issued a winter weather advisory with some helpful tips on how to stay safe in this bitter cold.
Remember, it doesn't take long to feel the physical affects of exposure to the bitter cold. It's important to get medical attention if you suspect frostbite, that's where the skin becomes red and painful. Then, it will turn white or grayish and become numb. Symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
The CDC reminds folks never begin warming your car in the garage, even with the door open, you could still be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Don't exert yourself with outside chores, instead work slowly. Also, if you must travel in heavy snow or icy conditions, check to make sure you have a working cell phone with you and let someone know where you are going and which route you will take.
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