With our first arctic blast of the season coming for a visit over the next few days, use your Minnesota smarts. Below zero temps and bitter double digit below wind chill values can be deadly.
1. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
2. Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
3. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
4. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the
1. Install a carbon monoxide detector.
2. NEVER run generators indoors.
3. Open a window slightly when using a kerosene heater and follow the manufacturer’s
4. NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.
5. If your heat goes out, you can keep warm indoors by closing off rooms you do not need,
dressing in layers of lightweight clothing, and wearing a cap.
Animal and Pet Safety:
1. Bring pets inside
2. Provide shelter and fresh water
3. Keep salt away from paws
1. Check you battery
2. Check your fluids (coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc)
3. Check your tires
4. Have jumper cables
5. Pack a blanket
Be a good neighbor. Check in with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure they are safe. And last but not least, pat yourself on the back. Billions of people couldn’t even comprehend living in our climate, let alone, embrace it.