It’s only been a few days but this extremely cold weather has already taken its toll on cars, doors, and us.
Lexie has some handy tips to keep safe and warm in this extreme weather.
1. Keep Warm. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm, thermal clothing, and long underwear do a great job. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat. During times of extreme cold, it can take 10-15 minutes to get frostbite on exposed skin. Indicators of frostbite are skin that is either white or a grayish yellow, and the skin will feel either firm or waxy.
2. Protect your pipes. You don’t want your pipes to freeze and burst. Run water through your pipes, even a little bit, to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Keep garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage. Alternatively, the Honeywell Lyric can detect when your pipes are at freezing levels and warn you.
3. No coffee. Caffeine and alcohol lower your body temperature, making you prone to hypothermia during extremely low temperatures. Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol if you plan on going outside.
4. Don’t forget about pets! If you can’t spend more than a few minutes outside, neither can your pets. Bring your pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water. We know Lexie loves being nice and warm inside.