Riley County EMS encourages people to be prepared for winter weather | Bot To News

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – As the cold and snow roll in over the next few days, make sure you’re aware of the health risks ahead. Some of those risks include frostbite, hypothermia, and heart problems.

Riley County EMS Deputy Director Josh Gering said this type of weather is something you want to be prepared for.

“First cold exposure, we always worry about especially long exposure with temperatures expected over the next few days, so some precautions would be to dress in layers, not have exposed skin, not a good time to be outside without gloves or wool cap, let’s keep our ears and head covered, hands covered,” Gering said.

EMS says it’s best to stay inside unless you need to go out for some reason, like shoveling. If you are shoveling snow, be sure to take breaks and not get too exhausted.

“This time of year we always worry about people who are shoveling snow. Slips and falls and some orthopedic injuries can accompany that so precautions would ensure you have good shoes, make sure you walk a bit like a penguin, make sure you have good balance and also if you and your body aren’t used to That level of physical exertion, the snow can get pretty heavy, so take your time, take lots of breaks,” Gering said.

Gering says to help those in need if you see anything.

“Get into the good old Christmas spirit and check on your neighbors. We are all a community here and we want to get through this weather together, so take care of your neighbors, take care of your community if you see someone who needs help, feel free to lend a hand,” Gering said.

EMS said if you have health concerns, don’t be afraid to contact your health officials.

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