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People staying warm despite bitter cold temps

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The bitter cold weather this week can be dangerous, but it's still alright to get outside in moderation.

St. Mary's ER Medical Director Dr. Kyle Martin says when it gets this cold, the ER often sees people with frostbite and some with hypothermia. He says it's especially important to keep an eye on children, who lose heat more quickly than adults.

"Kids are out there and they're not always aware; they're having fun and they're not necessarily paying attention to the fact that they're starting to get a little cold," says Martin. "The more you're up and moving around the safer you'll be."

Parents should make sure children take breaks inside at least every hour or as needed.

Families made sure to bundle up while sledding and ice skating at Elver Park Monday afternoon, as temperatures hovered near zero degrees. 

"[They] had a great time going down the hill and now they're skating," says David Kussow, who brought his four grandchildren to Elver. "The best way [to stay warm] is to stay active and when you get cold go back in and warm up. They're very bundled up, that's number one, we've got everything for them that they need."

The kids live in the south, so Kussow says they really enjoy the snowy weather, no matter the temperature.

Other people in Madison braved the sub zero temps to take the bus or work their jobs.

Wisconsin Emergency Management officials say if you're doing any traveling, especially at night, make sure your vehicle has a winter survival kit just in case you get stranded. 

Click here for more suggestions from officials on how to stay safe in the cold weather.
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