Emergency officials warn people to be careful in frigid temperatures

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Health officials say these freezing temperatures make it unsafe to be outside for a long period of time.

However, not everyone could stay inside.

Health officials say frostbite and hypothermia can start in an hour outside.

People outside bundled up to stay safe and emergency management crews are monitoring to try to prevent weather related illnesses or injuries.

Snow and ice on the ground meant some UMG employees had to work outside. Jeff Huffman started clearing Pikeville sidewalks before the sun came up.

"It's been a little cold. Wind chill was about three degrees this morning at five o'clock when we started." Jeff Huffman, who was working in the cold on Friday said.

Huffman and his co-workers wore several layers and do their best to not get too cold.

"As long as you keep moving, I mean, you stay pretty warm. Your toes and stuff get cold, other than that." Huffman said.

Pike County Emergency Management officials stayed inside, but kept a close eye on the conditions and issued information to people on how to stay out of danger in this freeze.

"People will hopefully heed that information, use it and be safe." Doug Tackett, Pike County's Emergency Management Director said.

Officials say people should limit their time outdoors tonight and this weekend and if you must go out, wear several layers.

"In this type of cold, make sure you cover all of your skin with clothing to keep that warm in and to avoid frostbite." Tackett said.

UMG workers continue to work but say they are doing everything they can to stay safe.

Emergency officials say everyone needs to closely monitor elderly people and children outside during this weather and ask people to check on your neighbors.

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