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Be prepared for record-cold temperatures


Its being billed as some of the coldest temperatures central Virginia has seen in almost 20 years. Delores Jones is getting her home ready.

"I'm also making sure our emergency equipment, like flashlights, batteries in the flashlights, bringing my dogs in and making sure they pretty much stay outside, so I'm making sure they are ready."

While many are preparing their homes, Doctor Elizabeth Bigelow with Patient First says she sees a lot of patients during serious cold snaps.

"Medical conditions we see can be frostbite, just some tissue damage and skin damage from the cold weather, and a lot of falls occur because of some of the icy spots outside, and also people get dehydrated due to your body having to work a little bit harder to be warm," Dr. Bigelow said.

How do you avoid getting sick? Doctor Bigelow says keep the most sensitive body parts covered.

"Cheeks, nose, ears, things like that, so if you could wear a scarf hat. Also, fingers and toes -have warm socks on, gloves, that could help prevent some of those things."

The second piece of advice, drink lots of water. When it's colder, your immune system is not as strong, because the body is working overtime to heat itself. Back at Delores house, she's zipped up her entire property air tight to avoid getting sick. She has no plans to be outdoors.

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