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Warnings Issued As Bitter Cold Approaches

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BOSTON (CBS) — As the region heads into the coldest stretch of weather so far this season, state officials are reminding people how to stay safe.

Sunday night and Monday morning could have some of the coldest temperatures recorded in six years.

Peter Judge, of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says people should limit their time outside over the next few days. He says that’s especially true for elderly people, young people, and pets.

Reminder from Boston Public Schools for parents and students:

  • Dress in layers.
  • Cover all exposed skin when outdoors.
  • Bring an extra pair of socks to school in the event socks get wet from snow.
  • Wear a warm coat, hat (that covers ears—most body heat is lost through the head), gloves/mittens and scarf to school.
  • Arrive at school bus stop no more than 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.

If you do have to go outside, he says be sure to dress in layers.

Peter Judge from MEMA

“It traps air in between layers and insulates you,” he explained.

He also suggests checking in with your neighbors to be sure they’re okay.

“Making sure they’re safe, knocking on their door, or give them a quick call,” he said. “Make sure their furnace is working. They could have problems that you could easily fix.”

Peter Judge from MEMA

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