Caution: Take Extra Care of Yourself, Your Car and Your Pets In Extreme Cold

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dangerously cold air has moved into Central Virginia and has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits.

There are measures you should take to protect yourself in this kind of extreme cold.

It’s important to remember that four-legged friends require special care when the temperature drops. If your pets were outside overnight, this is a good time to bring them indoors.

Avoid being outside for extended periods of time in extreme cold weather. If you are going outdoors, dress appropriately by layering clothing and wearing a scarf, hat and gloves and making sure to cover all areas of exposed skin. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause serious health problems including hypothermia. If you experience symptoms such as shivering, drowsiness or exhaustion, slurred speech, memory loss or confusion, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Keep your gas tank full — this keeps the fuel line from freezing. Make sure to check your antifreeze, tire pressure and battery before hitting the road, too.

If you don’t already have one tucked away in your car, load up a winter preparedness kit full of essentials you’ll need to stay warm and safe.

Some Virginia schools will be closed or opening late as a result of the cold. Click here to get a check on school closings.

As temperatures drop, fire safety officials are asking that you take steps to prevent fire tragedy. Click here to learn more about fire prevention.

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