Area braces for arctic air

Beginning Wednesday, very cold temperatures are forecast for the area. Temperatures are expected to stay in the low twenties and teens for the remainder of the week. With this in mind the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has the following cold weather safety tips for the citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County.

Be Safe Outdoors

Do not go outside if you do not have to.

If you do have to do outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.

Dress in several layers, and wear a waterproof and or windproof outer


Finger tips, earlobes and noses tend to be susceptible to frostbite.

Keep these areas covered while out in the cold weather. Wear a hat to

conserve body heat.

Do not smoke or consume alcohol if you anticipate being outdoors. These

items cause changes in the circulatory system making the body even


Be Safe Indoors

Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are

properly vented to the outside.

Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors-the fumes are deadly.

Eat well-balanced meals to help you stay warmer.

Make sure that electric heaters and blankets are kept away from

combustible materials such as draperies and linens. Unplug portable

electric heaters and blankets and when not in use.

It is important to monitor children, and to regularly check on elderly

relatives or neighbors.

Do not forget your pets. Never leave your dog or cat outside or alone in

a car during cold weather.

Make sure your pets have plenty of food, water, and a warm place to