Staying safe while staying warm during cold snap

As people across the Tri-State try to stay warm, doctors offering a few precautions to anyone heading outside this week.

The holidays are over, but this cold snap is not. 

"It is freezing. It is really cold," says Summer Flake of Owensboro.

Their efforts to stay warm just warming up.

"I have this really great jacket here. It's got like an inner layer. I think it's really warm," Flake says.

"I try to keep motivated. You stand around, you're going to get cold. Try to keep moving," adds Walter Lott of Owensboro.

"In my car, in case of an emergency, I put a blanket in there just in case," says Heather Millay of Owensboro.

Nurses at Owensboro Health say people should wear multiple layers of clothing, along with hats, gloves, and scarves to prevent hypothermia. But Nurse Practitoner Sarah Osborne says don't over-bundle your kids.

"They can get really hot and it can also be dangerous in a car seat. If they've got puffy jackets underneath that car seat, that adds inches of extra room there that can be unsafe in a car seat," she says.

"I definitely worry about it," adds Flake, when asked about her concerns over how her child can handle the cold. "I have a little boy and I was worried his little face was chapped already just from the commute to the car and back."

While some adults use hand warmers, Osborne says she doesn't recommend them for children due to potential hazards if they break. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says signs of hypothermia to watch for include exhaustion, memory loss, and bright red skin on children. 

Nurses say parents should watch their kids if they go outside to play with friends or do other activities.

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(This story was originally published on December 26, 2017)


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