Archive for Sunday, January 5, 2014

Arctic air blasts Baldwin City

Tom Kennedy clears sidewalks Sunday at Collins Gym on the Baker University campus. Kennedy said he and others worked for 8 a.m. to noon to clear the campus sidewalks.

Tom Kennedy clears sidewalks Sunday at Collins Gym on the Baker University campus. Kennedy said he and others worked for 8 a.m. to noon to clear the campus sidewalks.

January 5, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

Updated: January 5, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

At 11 a.m, the Baldwin State Ban

Cold weather tips for cardiovascular health

With frigid cold hitting Kansas, the American Heart Association says it is important to know the cold can affect the heart, especially if you have cardiovascular disease.

Children, the elderly and those with heart disease are at special risk. People with coronary heart disease often suffer angina pectoris (chest pain or discomfort) when they're in cold weather. Some studies suggest that harsh winter weather may increase a person's risk of heart attack due to overexertion.

Lifesaving tips:

People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts can strain a person's heart.

Winter sports enthusiasts who don't take certain precautions can suffer accidental hypothermia. It occurs when your body can't produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough.

It can kill you. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia.

Symptoms include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering and sleepiness. Seek help and call 9-1-1 immediately.

To keep warm, wear layers of clothing. This traps air between layers, forming a protective insulation. Also, wear a hat or head scarf. Heat can be lost through your head. Keep your hands and feet warm.

Don't drink alcoholic beverages before going outdoors or when outside. Alcohol gives an initial feeling of warmth, because blood vessels in the skin expand. Heat is then drawn away from the body's vital organs.

Learn CPR. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Hands-only CPR makes it easier than ever to save a life. If an adult suddenly collapses, call 9-1-1 and begin pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest until help arrives.

k time and temperature sign was flashing minus 2 degrees, reminding those moving around on the frigid morning of the danger associated with the arctic air that enveloped the area.

The snowfall Saturday night and Sunday morning wasn't much, dropping from 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow on Baldwin City. But the cold air that followed in its wake was the most extreme of the season, lowering temperatures to around minus 10 degrees as the sun rose Monday and whipping up wind chill values of between minus 21 and 31.

Tonight's low may reach down to minus 2, with west winds creating wind chill values between minus 9 and minus 14.

The National Weather Service warns that prolonged exposure to these subzero temperatures may cause hypothermia. Frostbite may occur to exposed skin within a matter of minutes.

A forecast of the morning's wickedly cold conditions and road conditions were enough to convince Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy to cancel school for today. It was the district's first snow day of the year.

The windchill warning the National Weather Service issued Sunday ended at noon, but conditions remain dangerous. The predicted high is 6 degrees.

City crews cleared streets from 4 to 8 a.m. Sunday to clear Baldwin City and Baker University grounds employees worked to clear the school’s parking lots and sidewalks. The city water department also had to deal with another frequent headache of extreme winter weather, a water main break at Fourth and Deerborn streets.


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