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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Cold Temps
Cold weather poses increased risks for carbon monoxide poisoning, hypothermia, foodborne illness
By Barbara Fox/Beth Fisher
Frankfort, KY - As part of the year-long First 72 On You campaign, the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is spotlighting cold weather preparedness efforts to remind Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, hypothermia and foodborne illness from possible power outages and cold weather conditions.
"When temperatures drop significantly below normal such as during a cold spell or during a long-term power outage, staying warm and safe can become a challenge," said Jeffrey Howard Jr., M.D., DPH commissioner. "Carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia are deadly and should be taken seriously. We urge Kentuckians to take steps to prevent exposure to both cold temperatures and carbon monoxide by avoiding using alternative heating sources like propane heaters, gas-powered stoves and charcoal grills while indoors. It can be a matter of life or death."
Officials at DPH strongly encourage residents to follow these guidelines below to prevent injury, illness or death:
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Hypothermia occurs when the body's temperature drops below what is necessary to achieve normal metabolism and other bodily functions. In severe cases or when the body is not warmed properly, death can result. People exposed to and not sufficiently prepared for cold weather also are at an increased risk for hypothermia.
Important steps to prevent hypothermia include:
Questions for the First 72 On You Facebook Live discussion with state public health officials can be emailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted in the comments section during the event at http://www.facebook.com/kychfs.
More information about how to stay safe and healthy in cold weather can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at cdc.gov.
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