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Playing out in the cold weather or being outside for an extended period of time can be dangerous.

EMT's and emergency rooms around the area have already seen patients and are prepared for the worst.

EMT's and doctors say they are worried about frostbite and hypothermia.

Selby General Hospital has already seen a patient that was out hunting who came in with frostbite on his face, and the weather is only getting colder.

When you are outside medical personnel say dress in layers, with mittens, warm socks, a hat and a ski mask to cover your face.

Most important is the hat, because almost half of your body heat escapes through your head.

Try not to get wet and don't stay outside for long periods of time.

"If you are beginning to feel like your shivering and then maybe like you are slowing down....you need to get inside as soon as possible," says Dr. Gayle Galan. "The beginning of frostbite...looks like a little tiny white spot....and it actually can be numb."

Dr. Galan says if you don't need to be outside, this is the time to stay indoors.

Keep everyone indoors.

This is not the time to go have the kids play outside.

If you do need to be outside she says make sure you have a cell phone or bring someone with you, always have a buddy.

EMT's say if you find someone that may have fallen, has hypothermia or frostbite, find blankets and a warm place until they can get there.


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