COLUMBUS– Senator John Eklund (R–Munson Township) today urges all residents of Northern Ohio to take additional precautions during the pending bitter cold temperatures descending on the Midwest over the next 48 hours.
To reduce the risk of accidents and falls, as well as health-related issues such as hypothermia and frostbite, the Ohio Department of Public Safety urges residents to minimize your time outdoors and travel only when necessary.
“In Northern Ohio, we are certainly not strangers to cold wind chills and sometimes dangerous travel conditions,” said Eklund. “In conditions like this, we need to take additional precautions to keep our families safe. I urge all Ohioans to avoid neglecting their elderly or sick neighbors and family members who may be in need of additional assistance in harsh weather.”
The Ohio Department of Public Safety urges Ohioans to observe these important steps to keep themselves, their family, and those around them safe:
Check on your neighbor:
Follow these important steps to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors:
If you must go outside:
Be cautious about travel:
Know the risks of extremely cold temperatures:
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. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.
Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water. 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. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.
Also, please keep your pets inside and do not leave pets alone in a car, as the extremely low temperatures can cause them to get frostbite.