...Safety Rules for Wind Chill--For Media to Broadcast...

A Wind Chill Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory have been issued by the Louisville National Weather Service.  A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when the expected wind chill will range between -10 and -25 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind spees is at least 10 mph.  A Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chill values are forecasterd to fall to less than -24 degrees Fahrenheit, along with a wind speeds of 10 mph or more.  The following safety tips are provided in hope that the broadcast media frequently will air these messages when wind chill values become dangerously low.

1.)  Wear warm clothing.  Several layers of clothing are preferable.

2.)  Stay dry.  Even articles of clothing that are only damp, such as gloves, socks, or T-shirts will conduct heat away from one's body.

3.)  Wear head gear.  More body heat is lost through the head than most people realize.  Covering one's ears will reduce heat loss dramatically.

4.)  Remember your pets and livestock.  Animals should have a shelter with an entrance protected from both moisture and wind.  Pets should have access to liquid water.  Normal access to water, such as a water dish or trough likely will freeze over.

5.)  Take it easy outdoors.  Extreme cold puts extra stress on the body.  If in poor shape, avoid strenuous outdoor activity.

If anyone suffers from hypothermia or frost bit, quickly move them to a warm location and seek medical attention promptly.

Contact your local National Weather Service office for more information on protection from cold-related disorders.


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