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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:01 PM
— As residents in the greater Cincinnati area deal with record low temperatures ranging from minus-5 to minus-10, those who work outside or anyone heading outdoors needs to take extra precautions with their body and clothing, according to medical expert from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.
The record for the coldest temperature on Jan. 2 is minus-5 degrees, according to meteorologists from Storm Center 7, leaving Tuesday as a new record for the area with more of the same forecast this week.
Dr. Dustin Calhoun is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine. He told this news outlet that there are plenty of hazards when dealing with these types of historic low temperatures.
Calhoun also specializes in hypothermia and wilderness medicine, so he added some insights on how to stay warm for those who are working or need to be outside, noting that protecting vital area on the body is critical when dealing with bone chilling temperatures.
1. Pile it on
“Layering is the best answer,” Calhoun said. “People like to have just one jacket on or so, but what keeps you warm is non-circulating air. So, the more air you can trap around your body, the warmer you will stay.
2. Protect your head
“People don’t always thing to have a hat on even if it is not the warmest of hats, anything on your head will keep you a little bit warmer,” Calhoun said. “Otherwise, you lose a large portion of your heat through your head because of the large amount of blood vessels that we have in our heads and our scalps.”
3. Protect your hands (especially your valuable palms)
He added, “our hands are another one actually. It has been shown that you can warm or cool the body using the palms of the hands. What we follow from that is the idea that if you keep your hands exposed in this weather the body will become colder.”
4. No nips to get warm
“Drinking alcohol is the worst thing you can do in the cold because it essentially reverses everything your body is trying to do in order to stay warm,” he explained. “You hear people say, ‘Let’s have a little nip to get warm,’ but when your body gets cold it shunts blood away from your extremities, moving it inward to protect vital organs and circulate it to your brain. Alcohol will dilate blood vessels, reversing what your body is trying to do.”
5. Vaseline: Not the easiest, but it works
Vaseline is good for adding a layer of protection to the skin by helping holding heat to the body Calhoun says, saying although it is not the “easiest or cleanest way to stay warm,” but works like how some natives stay warm.
“A lot of Alaskans natives will use some sort of blubber or fat product on their skin as a protection like that,” Calhoun said. ” So Vaseline is not actually a bad one to do.”
6. More socks? Not always better
Even adding a pair or two of socks needs to be done with care.
Dr. Dustin Calhoun, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine, tips for staying safe when working or out in record cold temperatures:
-Wear wind breaking layer
-Wear synthetic fabrics or wool
-Always have on hats and good gloves
-Stay well hydrated
-Consume frequent warm drinks
-Make sure shoes and gloves aren’t too tight -never get wet
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.
According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.
The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off.
One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.
Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s.
The crash is still under investigation.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
— A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.
“President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now,” the ad said, showing clips of top Democrats. “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”
“President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concluded. The ad was released on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.
On Friday, Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to fund the government and keep it from shutting down after Republicans refused to include a provision to protect thousands of immigrants brought here as children.
President Trump bashed Democrats after the failed vote, saying that they wanted “unchecked illegal immigration.”
“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” he tweeted Saturday morning.
Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
(H/t: The Hill)
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s.
TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.
MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s.
TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries.
WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.