In a message we are hearing all to often this winter, emergency management teams are reminding residents in Northern Wisconsin to be prepared as another cold spell hits the area.
Overnight lows in the teens below zero means that frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes. Exposure to the cold temperatures can also increase the risk of hypothermia. When temps approach these levels, residents should always dress properly and avoid extended periods out doors.
Carbon Monoxide poisonings also increase as people try to deal with the cold. This can be caused when people attempt to use alternate sources of heat, use generators too close to homes or blocked vents. Homes should also have a carbon monoxide detector.
When traveling, always have an emergency winter kit.
Finally remember our four legged friends. While dogs and cats do have a warm coat, they still experience exposure on their ears, nose and paws.