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Keeping safe in the extreme cold weather

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Knowing that dangerously cold weather conditions will persist throughout the weekend and into early next week, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have provided the following cold weather safety tips for Minnesotans of all ages:

• Winter Safety Checklist for Families and Children – While freezing winter temperatures keep many adults indoors, children may want to play outside. Each year, emergency rooms in the United States treat thousands of children for injuries related to cold weather. CLICK HERE for winter safety tips for children and families from the Department of Public Safety.

• Cold Weather Health Tips – Staying warm and dry, making simple changes in your activities, and using good judgment can help you remain safe and healthy during cold weather. Such self-help measures are not a substitute for medical care but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. THESE TIPS from the Minnesota Department of Health provide Minnesotans guidance to stay warm, avoid cold-related injuries, and more.

• Winter Driving Tips – Everyone should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Cold, snow, and ice are demanding on cars, drivers, and passengers. Most importantly, extreme winter weather can threaten your life. THESE TIPS from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are meant to help Minnesotans prepare for cold weather driving conditions.

• Fact Sheet on Frostbite and Hypothermia – Exposure to extremely cold temperatures can cause hypothermia or frostbite – with the nose, cheeks, ears, fingers, and toes most commonly affected. Everyone is susceptible, even people who have been living in cold climates for most of their lives. Follow THESE TIPS from the Department of Public Safety to avoid, identify, and treat frostbite and hypothermia.

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