Syracuse University Monitoring Forecast for Extremely Cold Weather
It appears the worst of the recent cold spell isn’t over yet. A wind chill warning is in effect until Monday at 10 a.m. Of particular note, the possibility of wind chill factors as cold as 30 degrees below zero from Sunday night to Monday morning.
Syracuse University Health Services and Fire and Life Safety Services reminds all students, faculty and staff that persistent sub-freezing temperatures increase the risk for frostbite, hypothermia and other cold-weather injuries. For instance, frostbite is possible in as little as 15 minutes if a person is not dressed appropriately. Signs of frostbite include dull, whitish skin and impaired sensation. If frostbite occurs, move immediately into a warm environment and remove and replace wet clothing. Seek medical attention as necessary. Do not massage affected areas.
“People understand the need to dress warmly during winter. But when temperature readings are in the range being forecast for Sunday and Monday, leaving skin exposed for even a short period of time can prove dangerous, leading to frostnip and even frostbite,” according to Health Services Medical Director Spiro Tzetzis. “It’s extremely important if you’re going outside that you cover exposed skin, especially on your head and hands. Extremities (fingers, toes, nose and ears) are most vulnerable to the cold weather and wind.”
Other cold weather tips:
•Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing and a hat.
•Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
•Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
•Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
For a fact sheet on cold weather injuries, see:
SU Health Services
111 Waverly Ave.