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Watch out for FROSTBITE and hypothermia!

Students in winter

Snow!  Ice!  Jack Frost!

Heads-up: the 'Ithaca Icebox' Returns as the cold weather settles in. Be sure to suit up before you head outside ... for exercise, play, or just moving from one building to another.  

Frostbite: Believe it or not, you can get frostbite in fewer than 15 minutes just walking around in below-freezing temperatures. Frostbite most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes, and can cause permanent tissue damage. 

Look out for:

  • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • numbness

Hypothermia: When your body temperature drops too low, it can affect your ability to think clearly and move well, and can result in the loss of consciousness, and even death

Look out for:

  • shivering/exhaustion
  • confusion/fumbling hands
  • memory loss/slurred speech
  • drowsiness

Remember to dress in layers, and cover exposed skin. Check out this cold weather information from the CDC, learn more about frostbite prevention strategies ... and pay special attention to the wind chill temperature!

Students: you can call Gannett 24/7 to consult with the health care provider on call if you have any concerns for yourself or someone else.

Publish date: December 14, 2016

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