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First cold weather-related death reported in Maryland

Posted at 8:40 AM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-22 08:40:45-05

The first cold weather-related death was reported in Maryland.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said a woman died from hypothermia last week in Baltimore City.

Twenty hypothermia-related cases were reported in Maryland last winter.

“Temperatures can drop quickly across the state, and it’s critical to prepare before a system of winter weather hits,” Secretary Dennis R. Schrader said in a news release. “Stock your family’s emergency kit for home and for your car. Be sure to include extra blankets, food, water and a first aid kit.”

Marylanders can stay warm by keeping the head, mouth, ears, and lower face covered during extreme cold weather. Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and waterproof boots or sturdy shoes to keep feet warm and dry.

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