5323Wind Chill Warning - Community Advisory
- Jan 23, 2014The National Weather Service has issued a WIND CHILL ADVISORY for
Montgomery County until 9:00 am Friday. High winds combined with below
freezing temperatures are expected to drive the wind chill temperatures
to below -5F. In these temperatures, exposed skin will freeze within 5
minutes. Hypothermia is a dangerous possibility. Residents are advised
to dress in layers when functioning outdoors.
Dress for the Weather
Wear several layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing
rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be
tightly woven and water repellent.
Wear mittens which are warmer than gloves.
Wear a hat.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia,
especially in children and the elderly. Watch for these symptoms:
Inability to concentrate
Uncontrollable shivering, followed by a sudden lack of shivering
If the person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit,
get emergency medical assistance immediately! Remove wet clothing, wrap
the victim in warm blankets and give warm, non-alcoholic,
non-caffeinated liquids until help arrives.
People working or playing outdoors during the winter can develop
frostbite and not even know it. There is no pain associated with the
early stages of frostbite, so learn to watch for these danger signs:
First, the skin may feel numb and become flushed. Then it turns white
or grayish-yellow. Frostbitten skin feels cold to the touch.
If frostbite is suspected, move the victim to a warm area. Cover the
affected area with something warm and dry. Never rub it!
Then get to a doctor or hospital as quickly as possible.
Catherine E. Plevy
Assistant to the Chief of Police
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Office of the Chief of Police
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
(301) 891-7142 - desk
(240) 338-2901 - cell