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Red Cross Offers Tips to Prepare for Frigid Weekend Temps

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It could be the coldest weekend we've had all winter--the combination of frigid temperatures plus gusty winds will give us incredibly frigid wind chills.

According to the Red Cross, sub zero temperatures and bitter cold wind chills pose serious dangers, and the Red Cross urges residents to bundle up. Wear layers of lightweight clothing, including gloves and hats. Be aware of what hypothermia looks like: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. The Red Cross also urges you to watch for symptoms of frostbite--including numbness, and flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration. Red Cross officials also say in the cold weather, it's important to remember fire safety tips as well.

"If you're using space heaters make sure they're on level, hard ground and keep them three feet away from any other objects to avoid a fire situation," said Jill Deskins, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross.

For information on how to treat cold weather related emergencies you can download the free red cross first aid app at redcross.org/apps.
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