News

Cold Weather Dangers Haven’t Passed

Cold Weather Dangers Haven’t Passed

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The polar vortex has passed, but the regular January temperature still can be hazardous.

You can get hypothermia – a drop in body temperature from which the body can’t recover on its own – even if you’re in an insufficiently heated home, says Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“Even if you’re indoors and your temperature is cold, your thermostat is below 65 or 60 and you’re persistent in that state, over a number of days even you can actually have a condition of hypothermia, so it really is about the exposure to the ambient temperature, and your ability to warm yourself and stay warm in those temperatures, so it’s quite a range,” he said.

Hasbrouck says if someone’s body temperature falls below 95 degrees, that person probably needs medical attention and an external source of heat to get back to normal.

Also a worry: Frostbite, which Hasbrouck says can be treated by gradually warming the affected area.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Jacksonville Police Have “Person of Interest” in Shooting, No One in Custody

gun

Jacksonville Police say they have someone they want to interview in a shooting death from Friday morning.

in Local

Next Generation of Business Leaders Learn From an Internet Pro

computer

Dozens of area high school students spent their morning with a top executive in the social media world

in Election 2014, Local

Senate Candidates Spar Over Treatment of Veterans

durbin oberweis

Oberweis OK with veterans having an option to VA facilities

in Local

Not a Typical Morning for Some State Workers

fire

Woman saved from fire by state employees

in Local

Jacksonville Shooting Leaves One Dead

policetape

Jacksonville man is dead after a shooting near the Jacksonville School District Office