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Local Hospitals Treat Frostbite, Hypothermia; Postal and Other Outdoors Workers Face Dangerous Conditions

Ron Walker has to be careful in weather like this. Ron Walker has to be careful in weather like this.
Eddie Kimbrough walks about 10 miles a day, he says. Eddie Kimbrough walks about 10 miles a day, he says.
Dr. Michael Emery says he's treated several cases of hypothermia. Dr. Michael Emery says he's treated several cases of hypothermia.
Be aware of these symptoms of hypothermia -- and take care. Be aware of these symptoms of hypothermia -- and take care.

TOLEDO -- Hard to imagine, but some people do have to go out in this cold weather. Postal workers, construction workers, police -- to name a few.

News 11's Shelley Brown traveled with some of them on Monday -- just to find out how they manage.

Ron Walker, a Toledo postal worker, hits his mail route every weekday, no matter what. Not even sub-zero temperatures keep him from delivering mail.

"I got long johns, a t-shirt, my postal shirt, sweat pants, my pants, jacket, coat and two pairs of gloves on this hand," Walker says. But, it's the hand that handles the mail that poses a problem in this weather.

"It's the fingers. Because you gotta really work through the mail. Fingers get numb, even with the gloves," Walker says.

Eddie Kimbrough also covers a lot of ground -- as part of Toledo's Clean and Safe Team. He says he covers, "Oh wow, maybe 10 or 12 miles a day," providing security in the Downtown area.

Kimbrough says you have to "make sure your head and feet are covered -- that'll keep you warm. And keep moving."

Despite all the good information about keeping safe in cold weather, local hospitals have been feeling the effect in the past few days. Dr. Michael Emery, University of Toledo Medical Center, has treated a number of hypothermia cases while doctors at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center have treated 10 cases of hypothermia and frostbite.

Dr. Emery says the best way to avoid cold weather health problems is to just stay inside. "Heat is lost primarily through radiation, so that means an exposed body surface to the atmosphere. So, the obvious thing is whatever is least exposed is better protected," he says.

There are some other tips the U.S. Department of Labor suggests to protect yourself: Use the buddy system; work in pairs so you can recognize danger signs in each other; drink warm, sweet beverages like sugar water and sports-type drinks; and eat warm, high calorie foods such as pasta dishes.  

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