Dangerously cold temperatures creating hazardous conditions

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The cold will be downright unbearable this week and add in the wind-chill and that will keep most of us inside. If you do have to head out there are some things you need to know so you don’t end up in the emergency room.

“When people spend an extended amount of time exposed to this kind of cold, that is when they put themselves at risk for not only frostbite but also hypothermia,” says Dr. Bart Besinger.

It might sound obvious, but doctors say many people forget the basics. Always bundle up and that doesn’t just mean a hat and scarf. Don’t leave any skin exposed. Your hands and feet are usually the first to feel the effects of the cold.

“If they start feeling a little numb and tingly it is time to get back inside, so that damage doesn’t become permanent,” says Dr. Besinger.

Frostbite is a serious condition for Central Indiana school leaders who are in charge of protecting your children. While most kids are off for the holiday tomorrow, winter weather throughout the season means big decisions for superintendents.

“The decision rests with me. We try to wait until 5:00 a.m. to make that call,” says Beech Grove superintendent Phil Kaiser.

Kaiser says when it comes to the wind-chill, delaying school does not always make a difference.

“We are not as concerned about the temperature itself. It is the wind chill. It if it 4 or 5 below zero, we can still go to school and we can go on time. It all depends on the wind,” says Kaiser.

As for getting the buses started in the freezing temperatures, Beech Grove crews come in two hours early and start them up so the buses are already warm.

Also, under a new ordinance in Indianapolis, you must bring your pet inside when it gets to 20 degrees or below.

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