Severe Cold Weather Tips
Places to Keep Warm and Sheltered
- Operation Overflow is open for the season. Individuals in need must call 211 to reserve a bed,
7 days a week, 9 p.m.-6 p.m. until April.
- Joseph House is operating as a warming center for the winter season,
7 days a week from 6 am to 9 pm.
- The Gathering Place, 21 Prospect St.,
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening
health problems. The most common cold-related problems are
hypothermia and frostbite.
When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.
Warning signs of hypothermia in adults include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
Warning signs of hypothermia in infants include bright red, cold skin and very low energy.
If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, get medical attention immediately.
Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposes skin. Other signs of frostbite include a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness.
Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer then gloves), water-resistant coat and boots, several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
Heat Complaints – Renters
What are the Requirements for Heat in Rentals?
Section 19a-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes establishes a minimum temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit for a building occupied as a home or place of residence. This requirement applies throughout the year. The CTLawHELP.org website, created by Connecticut’s Legal Aid programs, offers an article titled “Utility Problems With Landlords“, which explains your rights and what you can do to get your landlord meet his/her obligation under the law.
Keep Your Kids Safe From Frostbite
How many of you have been out on a cold day and seen kids that were not properly dressed for cold weather? How many of you have kids who insist they don’t feel the cold and they argue about wearing warm clothes or a winter coat? Across the U.S. we are having record breaking low temperatures. It is important that your kids understand the dangers of frostbite and how quickly exposed skin can be affected in severe cold weather. Check out these resources on kids and cold weather and what to do in the case of frostbite:
Police, Fire and Medical
For life threatening emergencies call 911 ~ otherwise contract them directly.
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