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Emergency Management and Communications
117 S. Groesbeck, 2nd Floor, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5270

Cold Weather Safety

In Michigan, we can expect at least part of the winter to involve extremely cold air.  Arctic air, combined with brisk winds, can lead to dangerously cold wind chill values.

People exposed to extreme cold are susceptible to frostbite in a matter of minutes. Areas most prone to frostbite are uncovered skin and the extremities, such as hands and feet. Hypothermia is another threat during extreme cold. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce.

Staying out in the cold too long can cause serious health problems. Hypothermia and frostbite are the most common cold related health problems.


Frostbite is a bodily injury caused by freezing that results in loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.

Stay safe this winter by learning more about Frostbite, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops frostbite.


Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.

Stay safe this winter by learning more about Hypothermia, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled.  Never use generators, grills, camp stoves or similar devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper

Related Information

There are places across Macomb County where people can go to stay safe and out of the cold:

Macomb County Warming Shelters


For more information about Winter Hazards click here.