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Important Tips During Extreme Cold Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting extreme cold temperatures through Monday, February 15th. The day-time temperatures will range from the mid teens to low 20’s with wind chills remaining in the teens. Dress in layers and use caution. Extreme cold can cause degrees of frostbite and hypothermia.

Here are a few tips you may want to consider during Extreme Cold

Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors
Bring your pets and plants indoors
Dress in multiple layers if you go outdoors
Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately
Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible
If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
Check your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors.

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