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Frostbite and hypothermia: Why it's important to make sure you bundle up

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Posted at 6:56 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 12:46:43-05

BARGERSVILLE — Frostbite and hypothermia are two realities for anyone that goes outside during dangerously cold temperatures.

“Frostbite is very nasty and some of that can cause some severe, permanent damage long-term,” Bargersville Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Pruitt said.

He asked those that must venture out in these dangerous temperatures to layer up: hat, gloves, wool socks, boots, scarves, and a thick jacket.

“If any of this gets wet, come in change them out, get them dry before you go back out,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt added while it is important to bundle up, it is also important to leave room to move with all of the layers on.

“If I do notice that I have any type of frostbite on my hands, I want to just let the water run," Pruitt said. "Don’t do a lot of massaging, that’s not good on the skin tissue. We want to thaw that out. If you start to see some blistering or if you have any type of dark colors and it may be turning black, and this goes for your feet, hands, face, that’s when we want to seek medical attention.”

Another important reminder Pruitt said is to use space heaters responsibly. He suggested to not leave space heaters unattended, on while you sleep, and always at least three feet away from any combustible object, like a blanket.

The two takeaways for Hoosiers heading into this long stretch of frigid temperatures: prepare and check on your neighbors.

Pruitt said to limit your time outdoors. For those that do go outside, bundle up and seek immediate medical attention if frostbite or hypothermia is suspected.

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