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Staying safe during extremely cold weather

Posted: 2:49 AM, Jan 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-26 07:49:59Z
Dangerous ice storm from Texas to Ohio

SOUTHFIELD, MICH (WXYZ) — Baby it's cold outside!

Stay inside if you can. But if you can't, here are ways to stay safe during the bitter cold weather.

* Limit your time outside.
* If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
* Signs of frostbite include: loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes, numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin.
* Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness.
* Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
* Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
* Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
* Pets are also at risk for cold weather injuries and should be kept indoors.
* If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, and a cell phone charger in your kit.
* If you are stranded, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Drivers can check travel conditions and weather reports before hitting the road at https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_1711-18077--,00.html .
Major road closures can be found at https://mdotjboss.state.mi.us/MiDrive/map