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Preparing for the cold weather

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - With the forecast calling for the coldest weather of the winter season across the state starting next week, authorities are urging preparedness and safety.

Wisconsin Emergency Management's ReadyWisconsin campaign suggests the following tips for dealing with the subzero cold and wind chills.

-If you need to go out, bundle up with multiple layers of clothing.  A good winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves help protect against frostbite, which can occur to exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. 

-Hypothermia is when a person's body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Seek medical attention immediately if warning signs of uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech, and drowsiness are present. 

-Have a winter survival kit for your vehicle in the event you become stranded.  It should include items such as water, snack foods, flashlight, extra batteries, and a cell phone charger.

-Finally, limit your pet's exposure to the cold weather.  Wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when coming in from the outdoors.  Be sure to clean their feet once inside.  Dogs can digest salt, antifreeze, or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.

 

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