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Protecting against frostbite

WATERLOO (KWWL) - As the temperatures dip below zero and the windchills go near 20 to even 40 below, frostbite presents a real danger out here. Experts say frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes.   You've got to dress warmly to protect yourself if you're going to be outside for any amount of time.  If you've got to go outside, cover your skin, including your face, if possible.   So, what indicates frostbite?  A white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that's unusually firm or waxy, numbness.  Many times the person with frostbite doesn't know it until someone points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.  If you think you're getting it, get inside but don't use hot water, a heating pad, heat lamp or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator to warm yourself up. The best advice in this kind of weather to stay indoors as much as possible.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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