Cold Weather Safety Tips
Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until next week. During periods of extreme cold, it is important to take steps to keep yourself and others safe.
The elderly, young children, adults under the influence of alcohol, and the mentally ill are some of the most at risk populations for hypothermia, which is an abnormally low body temperature that can affect the brain and make the victim unable to think clearly or move well. Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness are all warning signs.
Frostbite, an injury to the body caused by freezing results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas such as the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes, is also a risk.
Given these extreme temperatures the Cincinnati Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge people to protect themselves, and to check to be sure their families, friends and neighbors stay safe and warm this winter. Remember to:
- Eat well balanced meals with plenty of carbs and avoid alcohol.
- Limit skin exposure to the extreme cold and avoid extended periods of exposure.
- Wear proper clothing such as a hat, scarf, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens and several layers of dry clothing.
- If you suspect a problem with frostbite or hypothermia, you should seek medical care. If body temperature is below 95 degrees it is an emergency.
- Never use a gas range, portable gas camp stove, charcoal or barbecue grill for heating indoors. Without proper ventilation they can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide inside your home, cabin or camper. Additional heating tips
Cold Weather Shelter
Each evening through February, the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, the Drop Inn Center and other organizations, in partnership with the City of Cincinnati are operating a Cold Weather Shelter at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 1524 Race Street. All are welcome at 8 p.m. or later.
For questions about the shelter call Josh Springs at 513-421-7803 ext 13 or 513-716-7455 (cell). Donations are welcome, to make a donation to the "Warm Hearts" campaign send a check to the Drop Inn center, 217 West 12th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (write Warm Hearts in the memo line) or call 513-721-0643.