52 Weeks of Public Health: Winter weather poses many risks; some tips for cold weather safety

With temperatures below freezing, and in some cases near zero, throughout this week, Department for Public Health (DPH) officials emphasize the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking steps to prevent hypothermia. The National Weather Service is reporting bitterly cold air will enter the area this evening, lowering temperatures and increasing risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Precautions...

Winter is here and cold weather can be deadly; the CDC offers helpful advice to stay warm and safe

KyForward staff Winter is in full swing and frigid temperatures are expected throughout the region for several days. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines on how to avoid, identify, and treat hypothermia. Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Stay...

With possible wind chills at 40 below, state officials urge Kentuckians to take precautions

(From National Weather Service)   A blast of Arctic air is plunging temperatures near to and below zero and wind chills as low as 40 below, causing a dangerous period of time for Kentuckians. As a result, state officials encourage everyone to be prepared. Cold weather safety tips to consider are:   * Health Risks – With these bitter temperatures, beware of hypothermia and frostbite.   *...