Health officials offer tips to beat cold temps - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Health officials offer tips to beat cold temps

Posted: Updated:

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  With temperatures expected to drop into the teens this week, the Southwest Georgia Health Department is urging everyone to stay warm safely.

When you're exposed to cold temperatures, your body loses heat faster than it can be produced. That can lead to hypothermia. Health officials say people who remain outdoors from long periods, like the homeless or hunters or people who drink alcohol can be more at risk. A baby sleeping in a cold bedroom can also be at risk.

"Especially young, like newborns, they're temperature, they're just not stable, their temperatures are just not as stable so they can lose a lot of heat very quickly," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

Symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, memory loss, and bright, red skin in infants. Health officials suggest light layers of clothing and a hat to keep heat from escaping your body more rapidly in cold temperatures.

 


©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback