LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The bitterly cold weather is dangerous for any one who has to be outside for very long. Lexington first responders say they'll be taking extra precautions to keep people safe while also protecting themselves from the cold.
Firefighters and police officers are some of the first that head out to nightly emergencies. When the temperatures drop, they have to keep going.
"We drain the pumps and the water lines to prevent freezing, make sure that the antifreeze is at the correct level. Check tires. It's also a good idea to carry sand in the truck to provide more sure footing if we're in an area that has a lot of ice," explains Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Joe Best of ways they prep for heading out in the freezing conditions. "You want to try to avoid overheating. If you work really hard, and get sweaty when you do cool down later you could get a cold weather injury."
Battalion Chief Best says not only do they look out for one another, but also for strangers on the streets.
"We've trained our firefighters to identify signs of hypothermia and frostbite."
Lexington police lieutenants tell us they will give rides to people they find outside Monday night seeking shelter. They also make sure to patrol interstates more frequently than normal. They don't want stranded motorists freezing while waiting for help.