As temperatures fall the risk of serious health problems go up.  Prolonged exposure to below freezing weather increase the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. 

Monday's arctic blast have snow crews working overtime and if not properly prepared the body can be is serious trouble. 

"The storm monday, most crews worked about 28 to 30 hours straight and the only way to do that is to stay hydrated and eat properly, and layers we do everything in layers," said Bob Gregovich, district manager of Snow Management for Martz Bros.

The Johnson County Health Department agrees.  When exposed to cold temperatures the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced.  Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up the body's stored energy which can lead to hypothermia or abnormally low body temperature.  The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. 

"Limiting your time outdoors is very important.  Sometimes it's just unavoidable but limiting the amount of time outdoors should be high on your list," said Loujene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Health Department.   

But for those who get paid to work in this weather there is no other option. 

"Last night we went out and did some touch up and final clean-up and it was 5 below zero.  So it was really cold and a, but like I said you have to dress and you have to prepare for it and these guys, they know what to do," said Gregovich. 

Shoveling sidewalks and scooping parking lots is all part of their job.  The Johnson County Heath Department says bundling up, eating healthy, staying hydrated and limiting your time in extreme temperatures should be your job in order to stay safe.

The Johnson County Health Department reminds all of us that just as government building and libraries are used to keep you cool in the summer months, they are also used as heating shelters in the winter months.

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