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Health officials advise people to stay indoors for arctic blast

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - Officials at the Marathon County Health Department say people should limit their time outside once the cold weather hits. Long exposure to the elements, they say, could be dangerous.

"You'll notice that your blurred vision, your coordination with your fingers - you just sort of lose that kind of thing," said Dale Grosskurph the Environmental Health and Safety Director at the Marathon County Health Dept. "Those are big warning signs to get inside."

People say they're taking preventative measures against the cold in their own homes.

"[I'll be] staying inside and keeping the curtains closed to keep as much of the heat in," said Susan Schmidt of Wausau.

"I'm going to make sure my furnace works," said Candace Rogers of Milwaukee. "Don't want to get stuck freezing cold."

In this cold, people may try to keep their homes extra warm, but experts say be careful. They warn against using gas heaters indoors.

"The big issue is that you're going to deal with carbon monoxide and that can build up very quickly in an enclosed place," said Grosskurph.

Experts are also asking people to check in on family and friends, especially if they live alone.

One woman says she already made plans with her sister.

"She doesn't like to keep the heat on because it costs too much, so she'll be coming over to stay warm by the fire," said Danielle Mode of Fort Atkinson.

With forecasters predicting record lows in the upcoming days, people say they're ready for the storm to move out.

"Let's get it over with," said Mark Noxon of Madison.

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