They’re the coldest temperatures we’ve seen so far this season. Subzero wind chills are forecasted to last through Thursday as an Arctic air mass settles into Siouxland.
That means it’s time to bundle up.
“Wind actually makes the body cool faster, so you can get frostbite rather rapidly…It’s very important to prevent frostbite that you cover all your exposed skin so make sure you have an adequate coat, adequate footwear, gloves, mittens, scarf, hat” says Alan Faith,Trauma Program Coordinator, Unity Point Health St. Luke’s.
Frostbite is painful and turns skin white in more severe cases. If you do get frostbite, warm the affected area in not hot…but tepid water.
Hypothermia, a drop in body temperature, is also possible in this extreme cold.
“Confusion, clumsiness, shivering is one of your first signs and symptoms. Actually as it progresses you stop shivering, and you actually become very warm” says Alan Faith,Trauma Program Coordinator, Unity Point Health St. Luke’s.
“If you’re cold, they’re cold as well!” says Cindy Rarrat, Owner & Operator, Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue.
Don’t forget the pets! If they’re not usually outside, take them in…and make sure your outdoor pets have enough insulation to keep them warm!
“…Like heated beds for them that you can put inside their dog houses if they are outdoor dogs. If they’re indoor dogs just make sure that when you take them out, you don’t leave them out very long. You can buy boots for them to protect their feet because this time of year it gets very cold so, the pads of their feet can become frozen and raw” says Cindy Rarrat, Owner & Operator, Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue.