By: Kate Pabich
As temperatures stay low this week, there are some things you need to do to protect yourself and your kids.
Dr. Bashor with Genesis says be it waiting for the school bus, or just walking to your car, you're putting yourself in danger by just being outside.
"In these extremes literally within a minute it can happen."
Frostbite and hypothermia are very serious conditions and Dr. Bashor says they can happen so suddenly.
"Cover up everything that's exposed that's the time where it doesn't matter if the scarf matches the coat, you're out there for warmth."
Dawn Schutt has young kids says she's always nervous about them.
"You know the kids need hats and scarf's and gloves but even if I send them it doesn't mean they wear them at recess. My oldest son likes to put his coat in his bag and thinks a hoodie or sweatshirt is enough."
Dr. Bashor says first you start to tingle then it's get really painful, and if it gets really bad you lose feeling and the muscles get really stiff.
"Don't panic for example if you're in your car don't leave it and be very careful you don't get wet."
Dr. Bashor says if you think you have frostbite, get to an emergency room ASAP or immerse the hand or foot in warm water. Not hot.
And when traveling, Dr. Bashor also had some good tips.
First, always keep blankets, food and water in your car because to stay alive you need to stay hydrated and warm.
He says you should only get out of the car in dry conditions, if you are wet, it will be nearly impossible to stay warm.
If your tail pipe is clear, start the car up for fifteen minutes every hour.
And if someone else is in the car with you cuddling will actually help keep you both warm