Be Wary of Frostbite, Hypothermia while Ringing in New Year, Firefighters Say

Frostbite can set in in less than 10 minutes on exposed skin, so emergency officials say layers are your friend in the cold.

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures dipping in and out of subzero the past few days, Duluth’s firefighters are telling people to be extra careful in the cold to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite can set in in less than 10 minutes on exposed skin, so emergency officials say layers are your friend in the cold.

But it’s still good to recognize the signs — which early include redness and sometimes waxy cold skin, and later it can make your skin bright white or even blue.

With New Year’s Eve tomorrow, they say to make sure you aren’t stuck outside long after you party hard.

“Certainly plan ahead to try to limit your exposure to those temperatures a lot of times people go out they aren’t dressed for it,” said Capt. Nick Biondich. “Making sure you have a ride home on these types of nights and that you’re not trying to walk home in this extremely cold weather.”

Firefighters also say after heavy snow like we’ve had, it’s good to check if anything’s plugging up your furnace exhaust.

Blockages can lead to a backup of carbon monoxide back into the home.

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