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Extreme Cold Presents Chilling Dangers

We begin with dangerously low wind chills as temperatures plummet around Greater Binghamton.
At times it feels like it's more than 20 below. Those at the highest risk of frostbite are infants, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions. The Broome County Health Department has some tips on staying safe.

Sean Britton is the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. He says wearing several layers of clothing is the best option if you have to head outside. In addition, you should avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Britton says such low temperatures and wind chills can cause hypothermia faster than usual.

"When the wind comes into contact with the body, it's particularly effective at drying heat off. When you have a low wind chill and a low temperature people can experience hypothermia in rather quick order," said Britton.

Britton also says to be careful of carbon monoxide poisoning. He says only use devices that are safe to use indoors. Burning gas, coal and wood can give off high levels of carbon monoxide. Each year in the United States, there are about 400 deaths related to carbon monoxide poisoning.
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