Health Officials Say Prepare for Winter

The Winter solstice arrived Monday at 1:04 a.m. and public health officials remind us to be prepared. Although most of Alabama has not experienced a snow or ice storm, freezing temperatures and chilling winds can create problems.

Exposure to excessive cold can result in tragic consequences hypothermia -- the severe or prolonged loss of body heat -- begins when a person's body temperature falls below 95 degrees. Experts say one early symptom of hypothermia is mental confusion.

Health officials say hypothermia signs include: confusion, drowsiness, slurred speech, a drop in blood pressure, shallow breathing and a pinkish tint to the skin. Wear loose-fitting clothing in layers, gloves and a face cover to block the wind if you must be outside.