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Tips for Northeast Ohio residents as Polar Vortex moves in, plummeting temperatures

Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 19:07:22-05

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — With arctic air in the forecast and wind chills below zero, Cuyahoga County officials have provided tips for residents during the Polar Vortex.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management said residents should limit the amount of time spent outdoors while dressing appropriately while outside, covering all exposed skin.

Residents who have to go outside should wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing—rather than one layer of heavy clothing, according to CCOEM.

Portable heaters should be operated with caution and residents are asked to check on neighbors, friends, and family members who may be especially vulnerable to cold temperatures due to illness, age or other conditions.

CCOEM said that if it’s too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your pet and urged residents to keep them indoors.

Other tips include:

  • Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Always wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ears and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are present, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first, and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

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