Lansing Residents Brave Freezing Temperatures

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

It's cold outside and even with the sun out temperatures were still in the single digits Friday.

"Usually when it's sunny in the winter it's not too bad but it's a little colder than I expected," Corey Fellows, a student at Michigan State University said.

Dressed in a sweatshirt and a hat, he admitted he was a little chilly and promised to dress better on Saturday.

"Wear my peacoat next time," he said.

And just down the street another student said despite the temperature she would keep her apartment heat at low levels.

"Even with it on 60 we're getting like $200 heating bills," Madison Chomsky said.

But there are some people who are without heat and homes. Lisa Bonney, the Regional Directer of Community Engagement for Volunteers of America said their emergency shelter offers a place for them to stay warm.

"Last night we were over capacity, we had 13 more men than we had beds for so we had to put them in cots." Bonney said.

The Lansing location gives away warm items like gloves. These are basic essentials and doctors say without them you can develop conditions like Hypothermia and Frostbite.

"Frostbite by definition is when the skin freezes," Dr. Edward Rosick of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University said.

"Your skin can get very red, numb, tingly, feel like needles in your skin," Rosick said. "If you warm your skin up then and come inside it might hurt a little bit when it warms up but it's not that big of a deal," he said.

Dr. Rosick says that if your skin turns blue or purple it's an indicator of the serious state of Frostbite and you should seek medical attention.


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