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Shivering in the cold is an important indicator that you need to return indoors, says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The KDHE suggests wearing tightly woven, wind resistant clothes outside. The agency also advises to stay dry, as wet clothes rapidly chill body temperatures. When the body gets too warm, take off extra layers, because extra perspiration increases heat loss.
"Kansas winter weather can be extremely dangerous," said Robert Moser, KDHE Secretary of State Health Officer. "Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold."
Warning signs for hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, fumbling hands, slurred speech and drowsiness. Someone stricken with hypothermia should seek immediate medical help, the KDHE said.
Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the affected area, typically the nose, ears, chin, fingers, toes and cheeks.
The KDHE recommends getting into a warm room and immerse the area in warm water.