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Celebrating Holidays

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE AND THOSE OF US CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS NEED TO KEEP SOME SAFETY TIPS IN MIND.  WHEN CELEBRATING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, OUTDOOR WINTER WEATHER AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION CAN BECOME A DANGEROUS COMBINATION. WHILE ALCOHOL ALREADY AFFECTS A PERSON’S DECISION MAKING, COLD TEMPERATURES ADD THE RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA. WHEN CONSUMING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS A PART OF THE FESTIVITIES, KANSANS SHOULD PLAN AHEAD AND TAKE A CAB HOME. LAST YEAR IN KANSAS THERE WERE TWO PARKED VEHICLE DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL AND COLD WEATHER. HYPOTHERMIA WARNING SIGNS INCLUDE SHIVERING, CONFUSION, MEMORY LOSS, SLURRED SPEECH AND DROWSINESS. THESE WARNING SIGNS CAN BECOME DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE IF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES HAVE BEEN CONSUMED.