Cold Weather Advisory For Listening Area

Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 7:25 am

Dangerously cold temperatures have settled in on our listening area. A cold weather advisory is in affect as 2013 is going out with an arctic blast. Temperatures have fallen to well below zero. The rest of the week looks to be below normal for temperatures.

The cold has officials offering tips to keep you and your family safe.

On the road: If you are traveling make sure you have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle. Items to include in the kit are candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing.

Health Risks: With wind chills of -20 to -35, there is an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves. Frostbite can happen in less than 30 minutes of exposure to those conditions.

Hypothermia is also a danger in these conditions. That is when your body temperature drops below 95˚F. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech and drowsiness. Limit outdoor activity and seek medical care if you detect symptoms.

Carbon Monoxide poising is also a danger, so make sure to check that all wood burning stoves are properly vented, and never run a gas powered generator inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use Carbon Monoxide detectors where you have fuel burning devices.

Pet care: These temperatures can be dangerous for pets. It is recommended to bring them indoors during this bitter weather.

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