THE BRONX - The freezing cold can be dangerous so doctors are reminding everyone to take proper steps to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.

According to Dr. Maya Haasz, of Saint Barnabas Hospital, it's important to keep all exposed skin covered, especially your fingers, ears and nose when going outdoors.

Haasz says frostbite begins with painful red skin and possibly some tingling. As it gets worse, the skin will become more pale and you might experience a lack of sensation or no feeling anything at all.

Senior citizens need to take even more precautions during frigid weather. The Hebrew Home in Riverdale advises the elderly to wear lots of layers even indoors, drink warm liquids and to keep a month's supply of medication in their homes.