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Posted on: December 11, 2019

Cold Can Be Deadly

Cold and hypothermia information chart

Freezing temperatures, wind chill, and winter storms create unsafe conditions and can cause frostbite, hypothermia, and even death.


To protect yourself and your family through the winter, follow these safety tips:

  • Create a home emergency kit. Your home kit should include items such as food and water, cell phone and charger, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, important medications, a weather radio, and a change of clothes. Our partners at ReadyWisconsin have other suggestions for what to include in your kit.

  • Winterize your car. Just as you have a home emergency kit, you need one for your car too. Pack items such as blankets, snacks and water, a shovel, jumper cables, and sand. Keep your gas tank at least half-full.

  • Dress in layers. If you have to venture out, dress in several loose-fitting layers, and cover any exposed skin. Wear a hat, mittens, and snow boots. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and face.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia. Warning signs include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech, and symptoms can look similar to intoxication. Hypothermia can begin when outdoor temperatures are as warm as 40-50°F. Call 911 if someone is exposed to cold temperatures and you see these symptoms.

  • Limit outdoor time for pets. Extreme cold is dangerous for animals too.

  • During extreme cold, stay inside. When possible, stay indoors.

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