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Cold weather safety tips ahead of first dangerous cold blast of season

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The City of Milwaukee Health Department is reminding all residents to take precautions as single-digit temperatures and below zero wind chills are likely from Christmas through the foreseeable future.

“Cold winter weather is officially arriving. As we see temperatures much more typical for this time of year, I urge all residents to remember common sense safety steps,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “Taking simple precautions can prevent injuries and save lives.”

The City of Milwaukee Health Department encourages community members to take extra precaution when travelling, limit outdoor activity whenever possible, and keep the following tips in mind to stay warm, and safe for the holidays:

  • 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. 

Warming shelter options can be found by dialing 211.

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