How to stay warm, safe during freezing weather

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Students in Escambia and Baldwin counties will be heading back to school Wednesday.

Many will be standing at the bus stops. Wednesday temperatures are forecast to be below freezing with wind chills still in the teens and 20s. It's important to bundle up. Weather this cold can be dangerous.

If you're out in the cold or even in an unheated room, your body temperature can get too low.

Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees.

If your temperature drops below 95, you're in the first stages of hypothermia.

The condition affects your brain reducing your ability to think and move, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

People who are at risk are older adults with inadequate food, clothing, heating, and also babies who are sleeping in cold bedrooms.

Anyone who is spending a significant amount of time in the cold here are the signs to look out for are shivering, exhaustion, memory loss, confusion, slurred speech, and drowsiness.

For babies, make sure you're keeping an eye on their skin. Common signs of hypothermia for infants include bright red cold skin. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms then get inside immediately and remove wet clothing. Start by warming up the center of your body - your chest, neck, and head. Warm beverages help increase your body temperature but stay away from alcoholic drinks. If this is not working seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you have to be outside, cover your body as much as possible. Doctors recommend layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, a hat, and mittens instead of gloves.

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