Wind chills as cold as 45 to 55 degrees below zero are possible Wednesday, which will
be close to an all-time record cold. Frostbite can occur in as little as five minutes. It’s important to be prepared.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department encourages community members to take extra care when traveling, limit outdoor activity whenever possible and keep the following tips in mind to stay safe:
- When heading outdoors, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Prepare a cold weather emergency kit to keep in your car and include: blankets: extra clothing, high energy foods and first aid.
- Always wear appropriate clothing and ensure that exposed skin is covered, including fingers, nose and ears.
- If idling cars, only do so in well-ventilated, open garages.
- Heat your home with devices approved for indoor use. Outdoor devices such as wood-burning or coal-burning grills, camp stoves or other devices should not be used. Never use a stovetop or oven to heat your home.
- If you have pets, bring them inside and ensure trips outside are brief.
During cold weather, it is also very important to check on family members and neighbors who may be at risk for cold-weather illness or injuries, especially young children, the elderly and those with chronic illness.
Dial 2-1-1 for information about places to stay warm, including warming shelter options.