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Tips to keep safe in the cold

Massachusetts is bracing for bone-chilling winds, and the National Weather Service wants residents to be prepared.

Temperatures are expected to drop near zero or below Saturday night. But the wind will make it feel colder — and make the situation more dangerous.

With winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour, the wind chills will be between 15 and 25 degrees below zero, according to the statement. In some higher-elevation areas, the wind chills could reach 30 below.

Frostbite can occur in 10 minutes or less, the forecasters said, warning that the cold could be life-threatening.

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Here are some tips from the National Weather Service to stay safe:

• Remember to wear a hat, gloves, and several layers of clothing if you decide to venture outside.

• Don’t forget about your pets! Make sure they are also warm and consider limiting their time outside in the cold.

• Make sure the furnace is running properly. If it is not, consult a technician. Avoid using a stove or oven to heat your home.

• Cover exposed pipes to prevent them from bursting or freezing. Don’t use open flames to melt frozen pipes.

• Avoid using a generator inside the home to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

• Make sure your car has proper safety neecssities like a blanket, warm clothes, and gloves. Check tire pressure and the battery to ensure that the car will not break down.


Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.