A Cold Weather Warning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/18/09

A Cold Weather Warning

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We all think of cold weather as dangerous when it drops into the 20's, but most hypothermia cases happen when temperatures hover between 30 and 50 degrees outside.  That is the case especially among the elderly because their bodies cannot endure long periods of cold weather and some medications make it even worse by diminishing their response to the cold. 

The NIH says it's critical that elderly adults bundle up when they go outside and they should keep their homes warm.  If they do go outside, they should wear several layers of loose clothing so warm air is trapped between them. 

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, confusion, memory loss and slurred speech.  Young children and infants will often exhibit bright red, cold skin and low energy with hypothermia.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funds to help low-income families pay their heating bills.  Call them at 1-866-674-6327.

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