Cold Weather Safety Tips

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

What started as snowy day has turned into a bitter cold night and it's only going to get worse.

We're about two weeks away from the official start of the winter season, but between Thursday's snow and the cold, it feels like winter is already here.

Many schools across the mountains closed early Thursday, much to the delight of students. But with more people out and about, the weather conditions can be hazardous.

"Be careful, be aware of other drivers, watch the road and road conditions, ice on the roadway, things of that nature," said Trooper Ronnie Long with the Kentucky State Police.

Police say black ice is a major concern with the weather as cold as it is. If you must drive, be prepared just in case of an emergency.

"At least a good warm blanket, tool kit, flash light and preferably a cell phone," said James Crowe with Crowe Tire and Battery Service.

And as the weather gets colder, don't forget about your pets.

"When you fall below 10 to 15 degrees you get down close to 0, it's very difficult on many pets to maintain their body temperature," said Dr. Renee Dupree with Town and County Animal Clinic.

Dr. Dupree says if you have an outdoor pet, at least make sure is it protected from the wind.

"Just bringing them in if it's at all possible to a warm place, again making sure their water is checked frequently," Dr. Dupree says.

Dr. Dupree says there are inexpensive products on the market like heated water bowls and outdoor heating pads for your pet's bed if bringing them inside is not an option.

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