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    Citizens Urged to Take Precautions for Extreme Cold Weather

    With bitterly cold weather in the forecast, it is extremely important for everyone to protect themselves, especially when spending time outdoors. Hypothermia and frostbite are real possibilities with temperatures approaching the single digits and wind chill factors below zero.

    Citizens are cautioned to be aware of the dangers related to extreme cold weather.  Below are some tips to keep in mind:

    Limit your time outdoors. Wear appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover your face and mouth if possible. Stay dry, and if you become wet, head indoors and remove any wet clothing immediately. 

    Make sure pets are protected. Bring outdoor pets inside, even if it’s a shed or a garage. Many pets are not equipped to endure extreme weather conditions. Provide them with a warm sleeping place and plenty of food and water. 

    Exercise caution when using an alternate heating source like space heaters and fireplaces. Never leave heaters unattended, and keep all flammable materials away from them. 

    Check on elderly neighbors and relatives and those who might not be able to care for themselves. 

    Assemble or update your home emergency kit. Some of the items should include at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, medications needed for your family and pets, a battery powered radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets and a first aid kit.  

    Assemble or update your vehicle emergency kit and make sure to include items such as jumper cables, a phone charger, cat litter or sand for traction, a blanket, flares or reflective triangles, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries and non-perishable snacks. 

    Be “Winter Ready,” and sign up for Lynchburg Alerts (www.lynchburgalerts.com), the City of Lynchburg’s notification system that provides citizens with information about severe weather and other emergency and community news. 

    For more information on winter preparedness and dealing with extreme cold, visit:

    http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/public-relations-contacts/winter-weathe...

    www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia.