Staying Safe When It's This Cold

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It's bitterly cold outside.

Actually it's so far below freezing, freezing would be warm.

Postal Service worker Caroline Corriveau said her day could last up to ten hours outside, but she was prepared and made use of hand warmers.

It was so cold that schools across the north country, including Watertown City School District, were put on a two hour delay.

District Superintendent Terry Fralick says when making the decision to close or delay school, he has to consider the children in his district who walk.

"Frostbite in extreme temperatures is a big consideration.  High winds also are another problem because we're worried about limbs coming down, electrical lines coming down," he said. 

If you have to go outside, you must bundle up.

That means wearing a hat, gloves, a hood, and even a scarf to cover your face if you want to stay safe in dangerously cold weather.

"Frostbite can settle in on your fingers, the tips of your noes, your face in as little as maybe ten minutes," said Bruce Johnson, a registered nurse.

If you are outside for too long, Johnson says you can warm up by putting your hands on a warm part of your body like underneath your armpits.
 

Friday, December 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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