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Experts give advice to residents to stay safe during the cold in Chicago – NBC Chicago

Chicago area residents are bracing for the bone-chilling cold that will hit the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and experts are offering tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe. you in cold times.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind chill notice will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon for northern Illinois and parts of northwestern Indiana, with wind chills below 30 degrees possible in some locations. points in the northwest suburbs.

Under such conditions, frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes on exposed skin, prompting officials to urge residents to give up and stay indoors whenever possible.

To cope with the frigid temperatures, many school districts are transitioning to distance learning on Wednesday, or pushing back students’ time to school.

Shayla Day, a mother with children attending school in Joliet, said that the school district sent out a phone call informing that the weather had canceled classes for tomorrow.

“My 6-year-old has to catch the bus pretty early, so I personally would rather be at a bus stop in June, than minus 20 in the wind chill,” she says.

Cold temperatures also cause slippery roads and sidewalks, with emergency room doctors in Chicago saying they are seeing injuries from rapid slips and falls.

“We’re seeing a huge increase in ankle sprains, fractures, wrist fractures, and it’s pretty deadly,” said Dr Braden Hexom of Rush University Medical Center.

Doctors add that if a person suffers any type of injury, they need to see a doctor immediately to prevent the condition from getting worse, but say that ultimate prevention is key.

Dr John Olsen, physician at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, said: “Good footwear is key. “I would also say hold onto things if you can, whether it’s a railing or a car or something.”

Protecting your pets is also a key.

“They are prone to hypothermia and frostbite, especially in the legs,” says Dr Natalie Marks, veterinarian at VCA Blum Animal Hospital. “So wear their booties or salves to help protect them from the elements. Wipe their paws to remove salt and de-icing agents.

Marks also reminds car owners to bang on the hood or honk their horn before driving to make sure feral cats don’t find shelter next to the warm engine block in their car.

Finally, the Department of Water Management reminds residents to prevent freezing in their pipes by keeping warm air circulating and letting water drip through the pipes.

Any Chicago resident in need of a central heating can call 311 for more information.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/experts-offer-tips-for-residents-to-stay-safe-during-chicago-cold-snap/2738268/ Experts give advice to residents to stay safe during the cold in Chicago – NBC Chicago

DUSTIN JONES

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