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Thermal imaging illustrates importance of dressing warmly

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Josh Gauntt as seen through the thermal imaging camera. Source: WBRC video Josh Gauntt as seen through the thermal imaging camera. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue crew illustrated the importance of dressing warmly with the help of a thermal imaging camera.

A white light from a thermal imaging camera shows a normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue fire fighters normally use the cameras to find people in search and rescue scenerios.

"For this purpose, the camera is showing the temperature difference between the skin and the outer layers of clothing," said Lt. Bryant Thompson, of Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue.

Thompson says the darker the color, the cooler the temperature. FOX6 News visited with Fire Rescue tonight to see for ourselves how quickly the body can cool down.

And within a matter of minutes of standing outside Tuesday night, FOX6 News Reporter Josh Gauntt noticed the camera showing a very dark blue on his hands and around his nose.

The best advice from experts is to wear plenty of clothing. And if you don't have to be out in the cold, stay inside because frostbite could set in within a matter of minutes.

"Dress in layers. Keep your hands and your head covered at all times. Because you lose the most heat through your head," Thompson added.

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