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Johns Creek residents encouraged to avoid extreme cold

January 06, 2014

With temperatures expected to drop to single digits overnight Monday and wind-chill to simulate negative numbers, Johns Creek residents are advised to stay indoors and venture out only if necessary.

City crews salted and sanded bridges early Monday in anticipation of rain and snow that came through at mid-day, but forecasters are saying that cold is the biggest danger through Wednesday. Fulton County schools are closed on Tuesday.

If residents must go out, they are advised to keep the following in mind:
  • Dress warmly with multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing, a hat, a scarf to cover your face and mouth, mittens and water-resistant coat and boots.
  • If you are traveling, let people know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Winterize your car, make sure you have a full gas tank, and always carry additional warm clothing, a blanket, water, and some high-calorie food. If you experience car trouble and help is not immediately accessible, stay in your car, call 911 and police will assist you. If necessary, run the motor and heater for 10 minutes per hour, and open your window slightly for fresh air.
  • Be sure and have faucets dripping to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Remember your pets. If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pets.
  • Do not ignore persistent shivering, a sign that the body is struggling to maintain core body temperature. Hypothermia occurs when a person's core temperature starts to drop. Victims often are elderly people, babies, people who are homeless or outside for an extended period, and people drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs. Frostbite typically affects extremities, such as ears, nose, fingers, and toes. Frostbitten areas usually have a grayish-yellow appearance, and skin that feels firm and waxy.

Someone with hypothermia may be shivering, appear confused and uncoordinated, and seem drowsy, forgetful, and may slur their speech. Infants may appear bright red with cold skin and have very low energy. In advanced stages, the victim may be unconscious and may not appear to be breathing.

To help someone experiencing hypothermia:
  • Move them into a warm room or shelter.
  • Remove wet clothing.
  • Warm the center of the body first, using an electric blanket or skin-to-skin contact under blankets/coverings.
  • Provide warm beverages but not alcohol.
  • Get medical attention immediately.
For more information see the Centers for Disease Control website.