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Danager of Extreme Cold

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

While your home may be damaged due to winter storms and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk. 

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as heart attacks from overexertion, according to Ready.gov. That is why it's important to be aware of the effect extreme cold temperatures can have on you.

Frostbite: is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms include white or grayish skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and 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°F, seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress in layers to stay warm and keep dry. 

Have a safe and warm winter from SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County. 

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