Many Texomans woke up Thursday morning to temperatures in the teens. The dangerous cold is the perfect set up for frostbite and hypothermia.
Newschannel 6 wants to give some advice for people working in the cold, kids waiting for the bus or walking to school.
Health experts said in temperatures less than 15 degrees, it takes less than five minutes for exposed skin to develop frostbite. The longer you're outside and the colder it is, the more threat there is in the area of your body exposed.
Frostbite is body tissue that has frozen and usually starts with the fingers, toes, tips of the nose, and ear lobes. If you are experiencing frostbite you will also notice your skin begin to turn pale or white.
Hypothermia happens when your body's temperature drops too low. If that happens, you will notice symptoms like uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, and incoherence. Health experts said if you experience any of the following symptoms, get to a warm place and seek medical attention immediately.
To prevent experiencing any of these health problems, experts say to simply stay indoors if you don't have to go out. Especially the case for students who not only will be standing out at the bus stop, but may also have recess. However, if you do have to work outdoors like myself, the best defense is to wear the proper clothing. Dress in layers...a coat, hat, ear muffs, scarf and gloves. Also, if you layer up, make sure its insulated layers, something water and wind proof.
Health experts also said a big mistake many people make is not wearing a hat and that can really help you maintain body heat in extreme cold temperatures.