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The National Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Warning for Weekend
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Wind Chill Warning continues until 12pm Sunday with the potential for life threatening wind chills and near record cold air temperatures.
Here's a release on the cold from the City of Providence:
The City of Providence and the Providence Emergency Management Agency have pre-identified warming centers throughout the city. “Temperatures this weekend will be extremely cold,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “The safety of our residents is my top priority. I ask residents to stay indoors as much as possible. Please check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors and avoid exposure to the cold temperatures.” Michael Borg, Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency, added “If you do have to go outside this weekend, take all of the necessary precautions and wear appropriate winter weather clothing, hats, and gloves in order to protect yourself from the extreme conditions.”
Prepare now and ensure that you have enough heating fuel on hand to last for the next few days. For assistance call the United Way 2-1-1 or visit www.211ri.org. United Way will help connect you to the services or information you need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
PEMA reminds every one of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:
· If you are traveling, prepare your car in advance. Make sure your car battery is charged and car is topped off with gas to avoid gas lines from freezing. Pack extra supplies in your vehicle such as water, food, blankets, and jumper cables in case you get stranded.
· The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
· The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
· In your home, if you use a space heater, always keep it at least 3 feet from any combustible source. If you use a fire place or woodstove, only burn wood, DO NO burn paper or plastic.
· Insulate water pipes to keep them from freezing.
· Keep a blanket and/or hats and gloves in your vehicle in the event you are stranded and without heat.
· Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
· Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Symptoms of frostbite can include loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech. In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin and low energy.
· Remember: Pets get cold too! If it is too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pet as well. Do not leave cats/dogs outside for prolonged periods of time.
(release from City of Providence)