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Posted on: January 29, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Staying Safe in Extreme Cold

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Temperatures may hit record lows this week. Take precautions to avoid injury and stay safe.

limit time outdoors

  • Limit time outside when temperatures are extremely cold. Layer clothing and cover yourself as much as possible if you must be outside.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Seek immediate medical attention, if needed. Signs of frostbite include: loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes, numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin. Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness.
  • If you need shelter from the cold during business hours, many public buildings and libraries offer it. View emergency daytime and overnight shelter options.

check on neighbors

  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives that may need assistance.

bring pets inside

  • Do not leave pets outside or in vehicles. Limit their exposure to extreme temperatures too.

build an emergency car kit

  • Maintain emergency supplies in your home and vehicles. Cell phones, phone chargers, winter boots and extra clothes can be critical in an emergency.

take breaks while shoveling

  • Take breaks while shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack.

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