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Feb 11, 2016 1:33 PM

10 tips to stay safe as NH temps expected to dip below zero

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Bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously low wind chill factors are expected this weekend.

Here are few tips that could help keep you safe.

- Wear lots of layers, gloves and hats help prevent losing body heat.

- Bring your pets indoors, or have adequate shelter.

- Remember the 3 feet rule, if you use a space heater keep it 3 feet away from anything flammable.

- Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing.

- Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing.

- The kitchen is for cooking, never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

- Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working.

- Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness. Also watch for frostbite, including gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy-feeling skin.

- If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail as temperatures drops. Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.

- Keep your washer fluid topped off with winter formula fluid so it won't freeze. Most of your car's fluids should be checked once a month.

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