Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

More News

January 24, 2014

Hypothermia and frostbite are dangers now

When winter temperatures drop, staying warm and dry can be a challenge.  With cold winter weather already upon us and expected for the days ahead, state health officials recommend Hoosiers take steps to plan for the cold.

“These extremely cold temperatures, paired with ice and snow, can be treacherous,” said state health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “I encourage everyone to stay indoors as much as possible through next week. When you do go outside, bundle up and wear a water-resistant coat and snow boots.”

Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common cold-related problems are hypothermia and frostbite, said Indiana State Department of Health spokesperson Amy Reel.

Hypothermia, which is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, occurs when a person’s body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to the cold will ultimately use up a body’s stored energy. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.

Warning signs of hypothermia in adults include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. She advises, "If you notice signs of hypothermia, take a person’s temperature. If his or her temperature is below 95 degrees F., seek medical attention immediately."

Babies and older adults are especially vulnerable in these extremely cold temperatures. It’s important for these groups to stay in rooms with adequate heat.

Signs of hypothermia in infants include bright red, cold skin and very low energy. According to her, "Infants less than 1 year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults and, unlike adults, they cannot make enough body heat by shivering." Adults age 65 and older may make less body heat because of slower metabolism and less physical activity. Hoosiers are encouraged to check on older adult neighbors and relatives.

Text Only
More News
  • nws - bv041514 - flocking flamingos Flamingos raise dollars for Girl Scout project Girl Scout Troop 81148 Cadettes are working toward their Silver Award. Their project is to replace the flooring at the Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry. All monies donated to the Flocking for Food Pantry Flooring fundraiser will go

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Illegal signs will be removed Political campaign signage is prohibited from federal and state highway rights of way, according to Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. "It's against the law. And it's a cause for numerous complaints from residents and passersby in southeast Indiana," noted India

    April 15, 2014

  • Grant funds will combat youth obesity Through a partnership with the YMCA of the USA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the State Alliance of Indiana YMCAs awarded four $10,000 grants to local coalitions to address the childhood obesity epidemic in Indiana. Among the recipients was

    April 15, 2014

  • National Telecommunications Week April 13-19 Telecommunication operators are the unsung heroes of public safety. To the public, they are faceless voices heard over the scanner. To public safety workers they dispatch for, they are a lifeline. Gov. Mike Pence has proclaimed April 13-19 as Telecom

    April 15, 2014

  • Fresh venue for art auction Rural Alliance for the Arts volunteers invite the community to kick off their shoes and let art move more than their soles at the 24th annual Art … Etc. Auction Saturday, May 3. This year's theme is "Art & Sole," says publicity coordinator Kathleen B

    April 15, 2014

  • Conservation stewardship week April 27-May 4 The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District has been part of the county for over 50 years, and "each of us has a connection to natural resources," reports coordinator Chris Fox. The National Association of Conservation Districts is cele

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - sunman legion flag winners Sunman Legion Post 337 holds appreciation program American Legion Post 337, Sunman, held an appreciation program March 16, according to Commander Tina Workman. Several individuals were recognized: Boys State recipients, Shay Roepke and Evan Fisher, will be attending a weeklong program and learn man

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Experience Works applications accepted April 16

    April 14, 2014

  • One-third of arrests due to warrants Franklin County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested 34 in February, said Sheriff Ken Murphy. As usual, the most, 12, were detained due to warrants. Five each were arrested in two categories, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and battery or do

    April 11, 2014

  • Cities and counties may apply for variety of projects Beginning April 14, the Indiana Department of Transportation will accept applications from cities, towns and counties for an estimated $86 million in federal transportation funding, said spokesman Will Wingfield. In early February, INDOT awarded $86

    April 11, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook