Work week kicks off with cold, puts you at risk of frostbite

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Work week kicks off with frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chill. If you’re outside for a long period of time, you are at serious risk for frostbite.

That includes those who simply don’t have a place to go on days like Monday. But there are people who want to help.

The Rare Place Organization works on finding housing and job opportunities for Buffalo’s homeless.
They were out delivering “Random Acts of Kindness bags.” They have snacks and some warm weather accessories inside.

Talia Johnson Huff from The Rare Place said, “We seek out people we talk to them, we have conversations with them and we also have separate bags that we give to like law enforcement when we see them on the street. We are just thanking them for their service because they are out here as well in the elements.”

150 people across the area got the bags Monday to help fend off the cold. But being outside for prolonged periods of time puts homeless at risk for frostbite.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Seek medical attention for frostbite if you experience:

  • Signs and symptoms of superficial or deep frostbite — such as white or pale skin, numbness, or blisters
  • Increased pain, swelling, redness or discharge in the area that was frostbitten
  • Fever
  • New, unexplained symptoms

Get emergency medical help if you suspect hypothermia, a condition in which your body loses heat faster than it can be produced. Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Intense shivering
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness and loss of coordination provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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