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How To Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

(Published on - 1/30/2019 12:32:36 AM)

Wisconsin is hitting an extremely frigid cold-front this week, and it won't be the last!

According to the Mayo Clinic, temperatures below -18° can cause frostbite in less than a half hour of exposure--depending on the wind, it can happen within 10 minutes!

This week, we will see temperatures around -30° with wind chills near -55°, so with that being said, it is important to make safety a top priority!

All sources say the number one piece of advice for these frozen days is to simply stay inside, but if you have to drive somewhere, you should be prepared for the worst-case scenario, which is to be stuck in your car if the temperatures outside prevent it from starting or cause your battery to fail. 

According to|Car Safety, having the following items in your car can help you stay prepared:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Map
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

To read more about how to prep your car for driving in negative temperatures, click HERE

What about your house? There are many precautions to take to ensure you stay safe and avoid frozen pipes! For a full list of inside and outside items to check, click on the photo below!

What should you do if your power goes out? Aside from checking on your neighbors, here is a list of the following items to make sure you have available just in case, according to

  • Water – stock up on bottled water for consumption, teeth brushing, etc.
  • Food – have at least enough for 3 to 7 days that includes non-perishable packaged or canned foods, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, and snack foods
  • Utensils – include a non-electric can opener, cooking tools, paper plates, and plastic utensils
  • Blankets, pillows, and warm clothing items
  • First aid kit, medicine, and prescription drugs
  • Flashlight and batteries – be sure to include extra batteries
  • Radio and clock – use battery-operated radios and clocks; also consider purchasing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio
  • Keep cell phone chargers (wall, car, and/or solar) on hand and phones charged when possible
  • Emergency numbers – keep a list of emergency telephone numbers, including the local utility company
  • Cash
  • Important documents
  • Tools – keep a set in your kit; can include duct tape, screw drivers, pliers, safety goggles, etc.
  • Toys, books, and games
  • Pet-care items
  • Supplies for alternate heating methods you may have, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove

Last but not least, don't forget about your furry friends! PLEASE keep your pets inside as much as possible in these conditions.

Click HERE to read up on keeping your pet safer in the extreme cold!

STAY SAFE & STAY WARM! Don't forget to reach out to a member of Dale's Home Selling Team for more info!




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