The St. Joseph County Health Department issued a public health advisory today because wind chill temperatures were expected to be below zero degrees tonight and Friday.
Exposure to cold
temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause serious life-threatening health problems, according to a news release.
The Health Department reminds the public to take the following precautions to prevent cold-related illness and injury:Be prepared
Prepare your home and car for winter and make sure you have a way to heat your home safely during a power failure.
Keep a multi-purpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby when using alternative heating sources.
Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors as the fumes are deadly.
Never leave candles unattended.
Keep extra blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, matches, first aid kit, manual can opener, snow shovel and rock salt, and special need items on hand.
Stock a few days' supply of water, required medications and food that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked.
Monitor home's temperature
Infants and those older than age 65 are especially susceptible to cold. If it's not possible to keep your home warm, stay with friends or family or in a shelter.