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Cold Weather Health Hazards

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The frigid temperatures we're experiencing this week can make an impact on your health. The frigid temperatures we're experiencing this week can make an impact on your health.

KENNEWICK, WA-- The frigid temperatures we're experiencing this week can make an impact on your health.

With temperatures below freezing and a wind chill warning in effect using a hat and gloves is essential to avoiding a trip to the emergency room.

A physician's assistant said that bundling up is about more than comfort because hypothermia and frost bite cases can seriously affect your health.

In extreme cases, a person could lose fingers or even toes.

A hat is essential because you can lose 50% of your body heat through your head. The key is to be prepared to avoid cold weather health hazards.

"People should take this seriously because every year we see a complication from cold weather exposure and people who didn't prepare, didn't think in advance," said Larry Nye, Kadlec ER physicians assistant.

Nye says older people are especially at risk in the cold. He encourages people to check on seniors frequently in these conditions and make sure their heat source is working properly.

Nye says the cold weather emergencies are typically avoidable, it just takes some preparation so you don't find yourself out in the cold without a way to keep warm.

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