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Be prepared for extreme cold

Be prepared for extreme cold
Posted on 01/28/2019

Be prepared for extreme cold

The U.S. National Weather Service is forecasting extremely cold temperatures and wind chills to sweep through the area over the coming days. Follow these tips to keep you, your family, your pets and your home safe and warm.

Bundle up

Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes. To help prevent that:

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight and warm clothing

  • Outerwear should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.

  • Mittens are better than gloves, but both should be worn snug at the wrist.

  • Wear a hat, because your body heat can be lost from your head.

Bring animals inside

Cold weather can cause serious risks to animals’ health. Know your pets’ limits when it comes to cold temperatures. Follow these tips from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation:

  • Bring animals inside – they are just as susceptible to frostbite as humans.

  • Check their paws frequently for cracked paw pads or bleeding.

  • Consider a sweater or coat when taking animals outside for walks.

  • Provide shelter, and make sure your pets have unlimited access to food and non-frozen water

Check your pipes

Arctic temperatures 20 degrees or colder can lead to frozen and burst pipes. WaterOne has helpful information to help you prevent and handle frozen pipes, if they happen.

Staying warm in your home

Staying inside is the best method of keeping warm during a deep freeze. If you choose to use supplemental or alternative heating sources, remember these three things:

  • Place space heaters on hard, level surfaces at least 3 feet away from anything flammable

  • Turn off supplemental heaters when you are leaving a room or going to bed

  • Ensure your fireplace embers are fully out before leaving a room or going to bed.

  • Never use your oven/stove to heat your home, as it could be a safety hazard.

Additionally, Johnson County has identified several warming centers, which are available to the public during operating hours.

Published Jan. 28, 2019