Staying Safe as Bitter Cold Moves In

The snow has now moved out of the region, but coming right
behind it looks to be an extended period of bitter cold temperatures. Highs on Friday
are expected to struggle to get past zero with more single digits above and
below zero in the forecast for next week. With the potential for dangerous cold,
Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says its time to remember
the basics of keeping warm. She says to “dress in several layers of
loose-fitting clothes, wear hats, mittens, snow boots and use a scarf to cover
up your mouth and nose” to protect yourself from cold and potential frostbite. She
also adds to limit your time outdoors in the cold whenever possible and to
check on your friends, family and neighbors – especially the elderly. Mueller also
suggests preparing an emergency kit for your home and your car containing food,
water, flashlights, warm clothes and other items in case of a power outage at
home, or if you get stranded in your car. “Freezing temperatures, wind chills,
and winter storms can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and even death,” Mueller
said, “The best way to stay safe during extreme cold is to be prepared.” She
encourages people with questions about staying safe in the cold to call the health
department at 920-929-3085.