Knoxville nurse warns of increasing dangers as temperatures drop

Knoxville nurse warns of increasing dangers as temperatures drop

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"Symptoms to watch out for if you're outside: your fingertips start getting numb and tingling, your toes. Overexposure will cause those things," ER Nurse Beckye Dalton said. "Symptoms to watch out for if you're outside: your fingertips start getting numb and tingling, your toes. Overexposure will cause those things," ER Nurse Beckye Dalton said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Temperatures were cold this week, but they'll be dropping to near zero next week.  What precautions do you need to take if you have to be out and about?

Knox County kids are supposed to head back to school on Tuesday, the same morning temperatures will be dipping into the single digits.

"To get your kids ready at the bus stop, try to keep them inside as long as you can and then to meet the school bus, definitely layers, jackets, toboggans, gloves, definitely scarves. Keep your face covered, keep you hands covered," said ER nurse Beckye Dalton.

She says children and the elderly are the most vulnerable in these below freezing temperatures.

"Symptoms to watch out for if you're outside: your fingertips start getting numb and tingling, your toes. Overexposure will cause those things," Dalton said.

Though frostbite and hypothermia are rare here in East Tennessee, they can happen. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the single digits and wind speed of 30 miles an hour or more can lead to frostbite in under 30 minutes.

So during this winter weather, first responders and hospitals are ready to treat it.

"EMS is very in tune to that, keeping you warm. They have warm blankets, warm fluids. The ER has a warmer, warm fluids, warm blankets to keep your body temperature up. And remember, high wind plus cold temperatures increases the danger to exposed skin," Dalton said.

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