A wind chill watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Louisville. While an advisory/warning has not be issued yet, a watch means that dangerous wind chill values are possible in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Follow these safety tips when the wind chill or temperature drops below zero:
A wind chill advisory is issued when the expected wind chill will range between -10 and -24 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind speed is at or above 10 mph.
A wind chill warning is issued when wind chill values are forecast to fall to less than -25 degrees Fahrenheit…with a wind speed of 10 mph or more.
Wear several layers of loose-fitting…lightweight…warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Remove layers to avoid sweating and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven…water repellent…and hooded.
Stay dry. Even articles of clothing that are only damp…such as gloves…socks…or tee shirts will conduct heat away from one`s body.
Wear head gear. More body heat is lost through the head than most people realize. Cover your mouth and ears to protect your lungs from extreme cold and to dramatically reduce heat loss.
Remember your pets and livestock. Animals should have a shelter with an entrance protected from both moisture and wind. Pets should have access to liquid water. Normal access to water…such as a water dish or trough will likely freeze over.
Take it easy outdoors. Extreme cold puts extra stress on the body. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity and limit the amount of time spent outdoors if possible. When wind chill values get to -18 degrees or below…it only takes 30 minutes for frostbite to occur.
If anyone suffers from hypothermia or frostbite…quickly move them to a warm location and promptly seek medical attention.
More information on dealing with extreme cold is available at bereadylexington.com.