Doctors give safety tips amid frigid weather

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Doctors are warning residents about the dangers of frigid temperatures.

Dr. Reed Caldwell of NYU Langone Hospital says that frostbite can result from freezing temperatures. He says severe frostbite can lead to the loss of tips of fingers and toes.

If you do get frostbite, Caldwell says it is important to take off any wet clothes immediately.

Caldwell also advises people not to go out if they are prone to slipping and falling or have any prior medical conditions. One of the biggest concerns in the snow is heart attacks that can come from heavy shoveling.

"It's important to warm up your muscles before you go out there, it's important to take frequent breaks," Caldwell says. "If you're feeling any pain, whether it’s back, knees, chest pain or shortness of breath -- then you stop immediately."

Officials also suggest to limit your time outside and not to drink a lot of alcohol because it can prevent you from feeling how cold your fingers really are. 

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