Tips For Braving the Winter Temperatures

by Courtney Wheaton on January 27, 2014 at 6:50 am

The dangerously cold temperatures can be a serious threat to your health.

Medical Director at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that already this January two people have been sent to the hospital with cases of frostbite and hypothermia. She suggests dressing appropriately while battling the frigid conditions.

"They need to bundle up well with layers. You need to keep your ears covered if you are going to be out a long time, probably most of your face needs to be covered. Wear mittens rather than gloves that keeps your hand warmer and have water proof boots, " said Whitacre.

Dr. Whitacre says people should come back inside after fifteen minutes of being outdoors. Numbness, pain and shivering are all signs of frostbite or hypothermia setting in and the public should be aware of the symptoms. Cold exposure can lead to deadly and serious complications.

"People have lost toes and fingers from being out in extreme cold. You can lose tips of your ears, earlobes, your nose, you can freeze the skin around your face, it is very thin and it can freeze very easily and you are going to have scars from that," said Dr.Whitacre.

For more winter weather tips and advice you can visit the health department online at