Even the Lake Cumberland District Health Department has stayed busy through the ravaging effects of Winter Storm Octavia.

Amy Tomlinson, Public Health Preparedness Manager for the health department, noted to the Commonwealth Journal just how problematic the low temperatures can be.

“It’s very dangerous for people who have to work out in this and are exposed to the elements,” she said.

The LCDHD has been monitoring shelters set up across the 10-county region it covers. Here in Pulaski, Langdon Street Baptist Church has been offering a shelter for those who need out of the cold.

“That’s what the health department has been doing through all this,” said Tomlinson.

Below is important info Tomlinson provided for staying safe and healthy in the extreme cold:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

· Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window.

· Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

· Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented.

· Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

· Seek prompt medical attention by calling 911 or the Kentucky Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, have a headache, chest pain or are feeling nauseous.

· To install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.

· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has carbon monoxide materials available at:

· General CO poisoning prevention guidelines:   http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm in 17 languages.

Hypothermia

· Hypothermia can result when the body’s temperature drops below what is necessary to maintain normal bodily functions. In severe cases or when the body is not warmed properly, death can result.

· To prevent hypothermia, wear appropriate clothing and limit the time you spend outdoors. Layer clothes made of synthetic and wool fabrics, which are best for keeping warm. Remember to wear hats, coats, scarves and gloves.

· Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, altered speech pattern, abnormally slow rate of breathing, cold pale skin and lethargy. Seek medical attention if you experiences signs of hypothermia. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.