Take precautions to keep yourself and your pets safe during days of extreme cold
When extreme cold temperatures come this winter, remember to take special precautions to keep yourself and your pets safe. In dangerous cold, frostbite can happen in just minutes.
During extremely cold weather:
- Stay inside as much as possible and limit your time spent in the cold.
- Dress in layers and keep clothes and footwear dry.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
- Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia, and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
- Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight, and try to keep the fuel tank above half full.
Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe:
- Keep your pet inside and out of direct exposure to the elements.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.
If you see an animal outside without shelter or in an unattended car, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control immediately – in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000). If you believe the situation to be life-threatening and the animal is nonresponsive, please call 911.
Published Jan 10, 2017