Officials warn residents of cold temps, offer safety tips


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With the artic front moving into the Charlotte area Monday and Tuesday, temperatures are expected to hit record lows.

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Medic has offered safety tips for the community to protect themselves against the cold temperatures.

Home safety:
• Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries and are functional.
• Make sure space heaters are in good working order and have a 3-foot "circle of safety".
• Do not use unapproved means for heat. Do not use ovens, grills, or open fires indoors as additional means of heat.
• Wear layers and keeps hands & feet warm and dry. Wear plenty of layers, including hats, scarves, gloves, etc. If clothing becomes wet, remove it immediately and replace.
• Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unfamiliar exercise, such as shoveling snow or pushing a car, can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Take frequent rest breaks, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
• Check on friends, relatives and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold Infants, seniors, and people with paralysis or neuropathy are at increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite.
• Keep cellphones charged and if possible, avoid traveling alone.

Car safety:
o Be aware of changing road conditions and "black ice" patches.
o If you experience trouble, stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety unless help is visible within 100 yards.
o Display a trouble sign if you need help; tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise the hood to alert rescuers.
o Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.