This Cold Not Fit for Man Nor Beast!

(Wauwatosa)--When the mercury dips this low, it doesn't matter who or what you are. It's just too risky being outdoors for a long period of time, say more than 20 minutes.

But if you have to venture out, the best advice is layers, layers, layers. The experts say wearing different layers of heat retaining clothes, especially wool, can do a body good. Mittens, hats, scarves, and covered ears are vital accessories too.

Otherwise you run the risk of frostbite. It can start to happen in just a matter of minutes, depending on how cold and windy it is. You first feel tingling in your hands and feet. Then, if your skin turns a waxy gray, and there's numbness, chances are frostbite is happening.

If you think frostbite is setting in, get into a warm environment as quickly as possible and start to gradually warm your body by soaking your extremities in lukewarm water, not hot. Call a doctor with any concerns. The same rules apply for animals. Keep in mind their paws, tail, and ears are the most susceptible. 

Also if you have to be outside for an extended period , take your cell phone with you and let someone know where you are at all times.





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