Get ready — it’s about to get cold. Really cold.
If you haven’t taken any winter preventative measures yet, you can still prepare before the mercury drops.
Here’s what to do if ...
You or your child must go outside:
– A warm hat that covers your ears; a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth;
– At least three layers of clothing, including an outer layer that can keep out the wind. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton;
– Sleeves that are snug at the wrist;
– Mittens, which are warmer than gloves;
– Water-resistant boots.
You’re staying home:
You must leave your vehicle outside:
You won’t be home — or you’re worried your home’s pipes might burst:
Your furnace or heating system is not adequate and you need a place to go to get warm:
Many cities and nonprofits are opening warming centers. To find one near you, visit your city's website or monitor social media.
In many areas, you also can call 2-1-1 to be directed to community resources.
You have a pet:
– Make sure your pet has a solid shelter that protects against wind;
– Keep the floor of the shelter off the ground;
– Change water frequently so it doesn’t freeze;
– Change bedding so it stays dry and warm;
– Avoid using space heaters or heating lamps, which can burn animals.
– If you need to take your dog for a walk:
– Use petroleum jelly or booties to protect your pup’s paws;
– Check paws for cold-weather injury, such as cracks or bleeding.
Is this the coldest it’s ever been in January?
Sources: AAA, National Weather Service, AdvantaClean, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stark County Emergency Management Agency, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Department of Aging