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Staying Safe In Extreme Cold

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As of Sunday evening, almost the entire state is under a wind-chill warning. Monday, we’ll continue to deal with frigid temperatures and a biting wind – a dangerous combination. So, we looked into three things that will keep you safe these next few days.

First, doctors say we need to pay the most attention to protection. Keep your nose, ears and fingertips covered. Frostbite can set in in as little as 10 minutes.

Zabrina Evens is working at the emergency room at Hennepin County Medical Center. She says you won’t want to be wet outside at all.

“Minnesotans are good at layering and that’s really what it’s all about,” Evens said.

Next, keep a close eye on your car. If you’ve had a hard time with your battery when the weather’s fine, there’s a good chance it won’t work at all when it’s this cold.

Josh Reynolds at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World gave us another tip.

“You want to make sure you stay regular on your oil changes,” Reynolds said.

Winter puts extra pressure on your oil and filter and he says any condensation can be tough on your engine.

Single digit temps can also spell trouble for your tires. Reynolds suggests keeping your reading at 35.

As for your pets, it’s not a bad idea to give your dog an extra layer and limit their time in the elements.

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