Extreme cold next week means risk of hypothermia or frostbite

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Extreme cold next week means the risk of hypothermia or frostbite if you’re not careful.

A local doctor wants everyone to be prepared if they lose power or even just for the kids playing in the snow.

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If that happens, you could come to Hollywood Community Center where the facility is being used as a warming center but if you don’t have an option like this or choose to stay at home, it could get very cold, even inside your house.

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees.

Doctors said a person may not be aware they need medical attention when this occurs.

Here’s what you can do to avoid hypothermia or frostbite: make sure your heating sources inside your home are working properly, like your fireplace and space heaters.

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If you are outdoors, with temperatures dropping, try to find shelter immediately and avoid wet clothing because that can make it worse.

“Certainly stockpiling dry clothes, extra blankets. Making sure doors and windows are airtight around the house so that you’re not letting cool air in., into your homes or shelters if possible,” said Ben Bowman, MD with Methodist Germantown Hospital.

A lot of kids will surely want to play outside if it snows.

Most probably don’t have real snow gear.

If you not, doctors recommend wearing extra layers of clothing because that can help trap body heat.