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Use Caution in Bitterly Cold Temperatures

30 Dec News

With bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the next few days, Emergency units are reminding residents across the state to use caution.

Ready Wisconsin says with wind chills of -20 to -35, there is an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia. This can happen in less that 30 minutes with exposure in these conditions.

Officials say to limit your time outside, and making sure when going outside to stay protected with warm winter clothing.

Hypothermia symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. If you see these signs, seek medical care immediately.

Another caution to take is with carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you a detector in your home, and never run a propane or gasoline heater or generator inside.

When in your vehicle make sure to have an emergency driving kit which includes candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing.

Finally care for your pets as well. Dogs and cats can get frostbitten paws, ears and noses. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can also irritate pets’ paws, so monitor their feet at this time.