Take precautions to keep you and your pet safe during days of extreme cold
Dangerously cold temperatures are expected to last at least a couple of more weeks. When it gets this cold, frostbite can happen in just minutes. Folks are encouraged to take special precautions to keep themselves and their pets safe in the coming days.
During cold weather, you should take the following precautions:
- 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.
- Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water. Water freezes very quickly when sitting outside.
- 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 non-responsive, please call 911.
Published Feb 5, 2014