For Immediate Release
Take Precautions Against Extreme Cold
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Springfield and the surrounding area. This Outlook is predicting accumulating snow Wednesday and Thursday with bitterly cold temperatures that will continue through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills are expected to remain through Saturday morning. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to remind people that cold weather can create health and safety risks. In order to reduce cold weather threats, take time to prepare for cold weather and plan to follow some simple precautions.
- Dress warm and stay dry. Wear a hat, scarf and mittens. Stay dry to prevent excess heat loss from the body.
- Do not ignore shivering. Shivering is a sign that the body is losing heat. If shivering persists, go indoors.
- Know the warning signs for hypothermia, an abnormally low body temperature. Continued exposure to cold temperatures can cause confusion, drowsiness, clumsiness, and exhaustion.
- Know the signs and symptoms for frostbite, or injury to the body caused by freezing. Frostbite mostly affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes. Signs include tingling and numbness, white or grayish yellow areas of skin, and skin that feels waxy.
- Be safe while outdoors in winter elements. Avoid ice covered walkways, be cautious while shoveling snow and clearing walkways.
- Avoid travelling on ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges.
- Limit outdoor time for children and monitor for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors that could be at high risk of cold related injury or illness including elderly, those that are fighting an illness and people that do not have access to adequate heat.
- Provide proper shelter for pets. If pets or livestock must remain outdoors, provide fresh water and food supplies on a regular basis.
- If you become stranded in your vehicle, cover your body with extra clothing and remain in your vehicle.
For more information, contact: Katie Towns-Jeter, Public Information Specialist, 417-864-1149 (office), 417-536-0785 (cell) or, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org