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Extreme Cold Dangers

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Surrounded by a Christmas tree, lights, and a sleigh-full of presents, the Cedar House is keeping their guests warm.

It's too cold for people to be out there right now, said Curtis Duke, a manager with Cedar House.

There are 21 open spots at the homeless shelter. On bitterly miserable nights like this, Curtis Duke says those spots don't last too long.

It's been times where it's been cots in here because I don't want nobody out in the cold, Duke said.

It's a night where you certainly don't want to be left out in the cold. In fact, doctors say these temperatures can be absolutely dangerous.

For those without proper winter protection, hypothermia and frostbite are among the chief concerns. The latter can take hold of your exposed extremities before you even know it.

25 to 30 minutes, you may experience frostbite, Dr. Dwivedi said.

Dr. Dwivedi says with children and the elderly being among the most vulnerable, tonight is a good night to be a great neighbor.

Check on your elderly, your neighbors who are not healthy.

Being good neighbors is something the Cedar House strives to achieve.

Negative 25 degree night like tonight, anybody that calls we try to make room for them, Duke said.

They do it by creating a special kind of holiday warmth that no furnace or heater can provide.
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