Cold creates challenges for working outside

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-17 23:19:47-05

NEWPORT, Ky. – With the temperatures in the single digits predicted and wind chills that make it feel like it’s below zero expected, those who have to work out in any temperature were bracing themselves Sunday night.

The bitter cold can be particularly problematic for emergency responders.

Capt. Randy Childress with the Newport Fire Department said the low temperatures pose challenges for them because they use water, which will freeze when they use it to fight a fire. It’s also tough on the firefighters themselves.

“You can’t expose yourself for as long as you would at other times,” Childress said.

The best advice when it’s so cold is to dress in layers, stay dry and limit exposure, according to Childress. It’s the advice he and the department use when they have to be out in the cold.

It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the car with extra clothes, blankets and food, he said.

“Just be careful, stay dry, stay warm and prepare,” Childress said.