Tips for braving the frigid temperatures


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It is dangerously cold on Tuesday morning with temperatures in the single digits.

“Very cold,” said Moses Tlatenchi.

Tlatenchi started his day putting oil in his car so his daughter, Analy didn’t have to walk to school with feels-like temperatures below zero.

“He usually comes out. He’s right there. I just wait for him to come to open the door and he heats up the car and everything,” Analy Tlatenchi, 6th grade at GAR Memorial Middle School.

But many other kids walked to school this morning in the frigid weather.

“I have two sweatpants on, this heavy jacket and shoes very comfortable shoes,” Lennex Rodriguez, 4th grader at Heights Murray Elementary School.

He says he kept slipping on the icy sidewalks.

“It’s alright. It’s not bad. Try to stay warm that’s all,” said stated Dave Price a sanitation worker.

Price is a seasoned pro at working in the cold making his rounds around Wilkes-Barre. But he manages because he knows how to stay safe in dangerously low temperatures.

“Right now preparedness is vital to make sure you’re okay in situations like this. Making sure you are keeping up with news updates, making sure you are realizing what the temperatures are, preparing for those emergencies are what you should be doing,” Sherry Nealon, Executive Director at the American Red Cross Northeastern PA Region.

The American Red Cross has given out tips that can help make this frigid morning a little safer.

First, wear layered clothing like mittens or gloves, and a hat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air, avoid taking deep breaths and minimize talking.

Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, keep dry. Wet clothing loses much of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly away from the body.

Also, walk carefully on snowy and icy sidewalks.

Conserve fuel by lowering the thermostat to 65 degrees during the day and to 55 degrees at night because when temperatures get this cold it can be hard for any heater to work.

It is also important to avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a vehicle, or walking in deep snow.

These are things to keep in mind as you’re headed out the door this morning because it is extremely cold outside.

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