Did you hear? On December 14, 2011, a woman was found dead in Pilsen, by 19th and Ashland. The cause of death, according to the autopsy, was partially due to cold exposure. She was an elderly woman from the far southside.
Now, I know pretty much every person reading this is not elderly. I also know that death from cold exposure is more likely to happen to people who are elderly or have a chronic lung condition, like COPD. However, I have seen plenty of people in Pilsen walking around under-dressed, like in a hoodie, shorts and flip-flops.
We all need to be cautious when the weather drops and look out for our neighbors who are most susceptible to cold weather. This City of Chicago webpage has some tips posted from last year about protecting yourself in frigid weather. Here are a few highlights:
-Check on family, friends and neighbors
-Limit the amount of time spent outside
-Stay dry, as wetness can mess up the insulation of your clothes
-Especially make sure hands, head, ears and feet are dry as well as warm
-Drink warm beverages to help the body stay warm
Stay warm, stay safe, and Happy New Year!