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Tips to stay safe in extreme cold

NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) - State agencies are giving tips for people to stay safe as another blast of arctic air is set to hit Wisconsin.

Officials say frostbite can happen in less than ten minutes if skin is exposed. They say limit your time outside and if you see signs like loss of feeling and white or pale skin – seek medical help immediately.

Health authorities say people are also at risk for hypothermia. Symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss and slurred speech. Officials say if you have these symptoms you should also seek medical help right away.

Authorities say keeping your pets safe in the cold is important as well. They say to bring them inside when the temperatures drop low, as dogs and cats can get frostbite too. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can also irritate your pets paws.

Farmers are also encouraged to protect their livestock – including providing a shelter for them to escape high winds. It's also good to provide them with bedding, to avoid frostbite.

When driving – state officials ask you to carry a winter emergency kit with you. Items inside should include candles, matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, blanket and extra clothes. You can also check 511WI for current road conditions.

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