TEMPLE, Texas – As Central Texas prepares for a Arctic Blastwhich is expected to arrive on Saturday, January 13, it’s important to think about how we can protect ourselves, the ones we love and our pets at home.
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing several times while the arctic blast passes, making it very dangerous for furry friends who may be used to being outdoors.
6 News reporter Meredith Haas spoke with the Waco Humane Society to learn more about animal safety when the weather turns too cold.
The humane society says the important thing to remember is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet, so bring them inside. If you are unable to bring them inside, you want to make sure they are never exposed to north winds. Theses winds are likely to be the strongest, so it is best to keep them away from it.
It is also important that pets have blankets or straw as this keeps them warm, but not too humid.
Cribs for Canines, a nonprofit organization in Waco, is hosting a free “straw drop” on Saturday, January 13th from 4 to 6 p.m. People who want to benefit can pull their car into the drive-thru-style line. Can and can be full of it. Straw is one bag of straw per two dog house limits and will last until the supply runs out.
You can stop and pick up some straw at one of the following five locations:
- Player Bell Bond 1515 W Waco Dr.
- La Vega Vet at 555 E. Loop 340 in Belmede
- Falls County Sheriff’s Office
- Hewitt Police Department at 100 Patriot Ct.
- HSCT at 2032 Circle Rd in Waco
The Humane Society also says you should check the hood of your car a few times to make sure there aren’t any cats looking for warmth. Finally, he says that if you’re using a heat lamp, use incandescent lights, not incandescent ones.
Now, when looking at how to protect yourself, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of cold-related illnesses.
A disease that everyone has heard of is hypothermia. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC)This happens when you are exposed to cold temperatures for too long and your body uses up all of its stored energy. Early symptoms may include tremors, fatigue, loss of coordination, confusion. These can progress to more severe symptoms such as blue skin, dilated pupils, slow pulse and loss of consciousness.
Another of these diseases includes frostbite, an injury to the body that can cause permanent damage or amputation. According to the CDC, frostbite often first affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Symptoms include reduced blood flow to the hands and feet, numbness, tingling or tingling, and pain.
6 News’ Meredith Haas will learn more about how to protect yourself from these cold-related illnesses on Friday, January 12 at 6pm on 6 News.
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