Be smart in Northeast Ohio’s extreme cold

Staff Report

With plunging temperatures comes the risk for frostbite and falls, says Lorain County health commissioner David Covell.

Extreme cold winter weather is a part of living in Ohio but you don’t want to end up with frostbite, hypothermia, or other life-threatening conditions.

“Lorain County residents face these winter conditions every year, so it can be easy to forget that extreme cold weather can hurt us all if we aren’t prepared and practical,” said Covell.

The Lorain County General Health District shares useful ways to keep warm and safe in extreme cold:

• Dress in layers. Air trapped between layers acts as extra insulation.

• Drink plenty of water. If you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to get frostbite.

• Have a backup supply of medications and food so you don’t have to go out in the cold.

• Call neighbors and loved ones to be sure they have food, water, and a cleared walkway outside.

• Keep rock salt near a doorway, in your coat pocket, and in your vehicle for quick access.

For more information, contact the health district at 440-322-6367 or visit

Staff Report