Extreme cold extremely dangerous

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Extremely cold weather can be very dangerous.

"I watch the time make sure they're not out as long as usual.  They're out there maybe ten to fifteen minutes no longer than twenty minutes come in and warm up and then come back out," said parent Kelly King.

With temperatures expected to be in the single digits and teens over the next couple of days the level of danger goes up.

"You need to be very careful with your children they have a larger amount of body surface area compared to their weight and so they lose their heat more rapidly," said Dr. Timothy Dow.

Dr. Dow said being exposed to cold also exposes you to frostbite and hypothermia.

"You can probably freeze exposed skin in thirty minutes or a little bit longer out there," said Dr. Dow.

"I don't think kids think about it.  I didn't as a kid.  I think the older we get the colder it feels," said King.

Dr. Dow said when the wind is blowing you can lose your body heat even faster.  If you plan to be outside for any amount of time remember to dress in multiple layers.

"Light weight clothing up next to the skin, mid-layers made up of cotton or wool, and waterproof or wind proof layers also tend to help," said Dr. Dow.

Hats, scarves and gloves are also vital because they help trap body heat.

"When you deal with it all the time you are ready for it.  You've got the proper clothing, you are trained, you are acclimatized to it.  The people around here aren't used to this," said Dow.

When kids are outside playing in the snow their clothes can get covered in snow that can make them even colder.  It's also important to remember not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary especially at night.

"If you are out on an open road in this type of weather those same rules apply 30 minutes to an hour in this weather even with good clothing can be serious,"

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