Frostbite, hypothermia among concerns for emergency responders

Local - 1/2/2014 1:43 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY - Frostbite and hypothermia are a big concern when the temperature dips into single digits. Winter storms bring added risk to everyday life.

Jan-Care ambulance service has 85 units on-duty across the state and 25 in the region. Officials say they will all be at-the-ready as the arctic blast closes in, potentially creating black ice.

Officials encourage you to prepare for the worst by packing your car with jackets and blankets, and making sure someone else knows where you are at all times.

Paul Seamann, Director of Operations at Jan-Care says it can only be minutes before a hazardous situation can become dangerous.

“It can happen at any time, and certainly with temperatures in the teens it's much more likely. Any exposed skin - particularly with wind chill - it can get down to minutes that frostbite can start to occur.”

Officials say staying safe in the cold is about slowing down your normal routine, bundling up, and looking for ice under the layers of snow.


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