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How to stay warm in record-breaking cold

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Those fighting the wind bundled up or found ways to keep their hands warm in the cold temperatures Monday.

Construction workers who are pulling long shifts in Greenville while working in the cold said it can be a challenge.

"It's cold, it's windy, you just gotta deal with it," one worker said. "We work 10- to 12-hour shifts most of the time, but we take breaks to keep warm."

Even a quick stop at a crosswalk for Emily Chaka wasn't quick enough as she waited for a traffic light to change.

"It's just the wind, it's the worst part," Chaka said.

She said even though she dressed in layers, she was still cold.

"I think I have four shirts on right now," Chaka said.

Her dog shivered at the stop too as they both tried to get inside.

"This is the first time he's been wearing a jacket this season," Chaka said.

And Dr. Ryan Hoffman, an emergency room physician with Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System, said layers will help avoid cold weather emergencies.

"You want multiple layers try to avoid sweating or over exertion. Your clothes get wet, that's going to increase the rate you lose heat, and increase the rate you experience hypothermia," Hoffman said. "The more heat you lose, the harder it is to warm up. It affects your heart, your kidneys, your liver. It could be significantly dangerous and it can be fatal."

He said the other danger if skin is exposed to the cold is frostbite, so he said even if you have to be in the elements, warm up to the idea of staying safe.

According to health.gov, there are some tips to keep children warm during frigid temperatures. Doctors say mittens are warmer than gloves because they keep children's fingers all together to create heat.

Also, put hats on their heads and dress them in one more layer than you would dress yourself. Doctors say if possible, put thermal or wool clothing on them rather than cotton because they say the materials can retain more water.

Another tip, give your children something warm to eat and drink.

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