How to stay healthy, warm as temperature plummets

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There is some important health information to keep you warm and healthy as the temperatures plummet.

Warming centers are open all over the state for people who need to get out of the cold. The New Haven Public Library on Elm Street is open this morning at 10 and overnight folks can get warm at Union Station.

This arctic blast has Governor Malloy activating the state’s emergency cold weather protocol. Even before Governor Malloy announced the state is ready to respond to emergencies in this arctic blast. New Haven and other surrounding cities and towns made sure  enough warming centers were open.

This morning we are reminding you of the dangers of extremely cold weather which are hypothermia and frostbite.

The signs of frostbite include a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin usually feels firm numbness. Another thing you have to watch out for is hypothermia. It happens when the body gets cold and loses heat faster than the body can make it and when you are exposed to cold air, water, wind, or rain.

The signs are:

  • shivering
  • slow, shallow breathing
  • confusion & memory loss
  • drowsiness
  • slurred speech
  • loss of coordination
  • slow, weak pulse

Temperatures are going to drop even more, so if you or someone you know need a place to stay warm, call 2-1-1

We also have a list of warming centers.

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