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State Health Officials Warn People to Lookout For Hypothermia and Frostbite
01/03/2014 3:15 PM ET  

With Maine facing the coldest temperatures in three years, state health officials are cautioning Mainers to be on the look out for hypothermia and frostbite.

AUGUSTA, Maine __ State Health Director Dr. Sheila Pinette said often people who have been outside without proper clothing can get hypothermia. She said that's when a person's body temperature falls below 95 degrees fahrenheit. Pinette said people are being advised to stay inside, stay warm, drink plenty of fluids and go out only when necessary. She said elderly people who are having problems heating their homes should get out sooner rather than later.

"We're urging the good neighbor policy to make sure neighbors are checking in on their loved ones, their neighbors who are elderly or who are ill to make sure they are safe and that they have plenty of water and food and that their home environment is warm," Pinette said.

Among the signs of hypothermia are confusion, drowziness, headache, slurred speech, cold skin and uncontrollable shivering.

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