Posted at 3:44 p.m.
Outside temperatures this week are forecast to be the coldest the county has experienced in a few years.
Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
If you see an unsheltered person at night who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711; emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia.
Many people must continue to work outside and should follow these simple safety tips to avoid weather-related illness or injury.
- Avoid exhaustion or fatigue; energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
- Wear clothing in layers that can be adjusted…
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