Protecting children, pets, cars in cold weather

Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) — Bitterly cold temperatures will continue for a few more days, and experts on all subjects are sharing tips for beating the cold.

Dr. Mike Patrick of Children’s Hospital Nationwide said that parents should know that children are more susceptible to colds. Patrick

Patrick said children get cold faster than adults and are more likely to get frostbite. This is because babies have more skin in relation to their body weight than adults, and because we lose body heat through our skin, babies lose this heat faster.

Patrick said children who wait outside for the bus or go to school should wear multiple layers to stay warm because frostbite can start within 20 to 30 minutes in this weather.

“Pay attention to how you’re feeling and that will give you an idea of ​​where your kids are, and then if you’re out with them, you can pay attention to their behavior,” Patrick said. Want,” said Patrick. “If your ‘mom radar’ goes off that they’re not doing quite right, it’s probably time to go inside and warm up.”

It’s also a good idea to talk to your kids about how frostbite works and what it feels like. That way, they know the warning signs and when it’s time to go inside, Patrick said.

Despite their fur, pets also suffer from colds.

Another concern in freezing weather is the effect these temperatures have on pets.

Dog owners know that it’s not always possible to skip a walk or walk outside, but this season can be harmful for pets if owners aren’t careful.

When walking is unavoidable, Brittany Thomas with Columbus Humane said owners should limit their dog’s time outside, and if they start acting differently, it’s time to go inside.

Rock salt used on the ground can be harmful, so Thomas said dog owners can apply Vaseline to the paws before going out for a walk.

Leaving dogs outside for long periods of time is a concern, Thomas added, which is why Columbus Humane is out daily on cold weather investigations.

“There are definitely a lot of animals that are out in the cold weather when we want them in, so if you see something, please say something,” Thomas said. “A large majority of our cruelty reports come from neighbors.”

If you see an animal that has been outside in the freezing cold for too long, you can call or visit 614-777-PETS. And they will send an investigator.

Driving your car in the cold

Cars are also facing difficulties in this severe winter. Not surprisingly, many car owners are experiencing problems with their batteries, so if you’ve called AAA to jumpstart your car, you’re not alone.

AAA battery technician Christopher Beach said the weather has kept him very busy.

Cold temperatures reduce a car battery’s output because of the slower reaction of chemicals in the battery, Beach said. As a result, AAA has been called to jump the battery from many central Ohio homes.

Beach said most of the cars he sees don’t have properly maintained batteries.

“I see the same thing every time,” he said. “They either haven’t driven it or they’re only driving short distances. A mile or two isn’t enough to charge the battery. They’re going to the grocery store and coming home and that’s not going to be good enough.” .

To avoid a dead battery, people need to drive their cars for at least 30 minutes two to three times a week, Beach said.

Beach said AAA is taking more calls than usual and that will likely continue over the next few days. He asked those in need of assistance to be patient with response times.

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