LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As temperatures in the lake area get colder, the sales on winter clothing at Target in Lake Charles are getting hotter.
"We've seen a lot of people coming in buying trench coasts, scarves, gloves, and hats," says Sarah Harrison, an employee at Target.
Cindy Drott is looking for a pair of winter gloves to keep warm and healthy in the cold.
"People live in the south because it's a warm area," says Drott. "We're not always prepared for when it's really cold."
As the temperature is expected to drop even more later this week, medical professionals want to warn residents of the symptoms of hypothermia.
"Symptoms to watch our for are if your hands start to feel numb, they hurt a little bit, and they turn a color," says Dr. Robert Anderson, the Lake Charles ER Medical Director at LCMH.
While the first thing you should do is get out of the cold, Dr. Anderson says if you must stay in the cold then wearing multiple layers is key.
"Keep as little of your skin exposed as you can," says Dr. Anderson.
Dr. Anderson says there are certain fabrics to wear and not to wear in cold weather.
"Cotton is one of the worst things to wear," says Dr. Anderson. "Cotton retains moisture when you get wet and it's impossible to stay warm. Wools and polyester synthetics work much better."
Although it may be more comfortable to wear gloves in the cold, medical professionals say mittens create more body heat for your hands.
"The worst thing is to go the rest of your life without parts of your fingers," says Dr. Anderson. "So be safe and wear the right clothing this week."
For more information on how to prevent hypothermia click on "Hypothermia Information" to the right.