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Tips on How to Beat the Arctic Freeze


Lynchburg, VA- As the mercury drops, it's affecting everything from your home, to your health, to your car.

This cold can do a number on you if you don't take the proper precautions. That means limiting your exposure, wearing multiple layers of clothing if you do have to venture out, and covering as much of your skin as you can to avoid frostbite.

That especially goes for the few kids who will be going to school Tuesday morning. Lynchburg EMS Captain Diron Martin says to be sure and bundle them up.

"Wrap up, cover as much skin as you can, and limit the amount of time you're outside. Kind of watch, if you can stay inside and watch for the bus, whether it's a vehicle, whether it's your house, when the bus comes. And make sure you limit the amount of time you're outside. But if you've got to go outside to change from class to class, cover up as much skin as possible," said Martin.

Martin also says to make sure your child wears a hat, because most of your body heat escapes from your head.

Martin added that this frigid air can be especially tough on people who have pre-existing health conditions. For people with arthritis, the cold can be daunting. The change in temperature can cause extreme pain in the joints, making it difficult to do about anything.

Usually, when you're feeling a lot of pain you turn to medicine for some relief. But Martin says that can actually just make things worse. Certain types of medications may be able to help with your pain, but they may also make it more difficult for you to get warm.

"They typically take some type of pain reliever whether it's a prescription or it's an over the counter arthritic medication, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen--those are more commonly prescribed medications. Those have a tendency to alter the way the body can actually generate heat," he said.

Martin also says this cold air is tough on people with breathing issues. If you have asthma or difficulty breathing, he says it's a good idea to cover your mouth with a scarf or jacket when you're outside, to warm up the air before it goes into your lungs.

But, something else you're going to want to take care of is your vehicle. With temperatures dropping as far and as quick as they have today, it's going to put a strain on your battery, among other things.

"I would definitely have my battery checked today to make sure it was, the cold cranking amps were up to par and everything was good. And I would definitely have my coolant checked, you know the antifreeze, to make sure it's going to be good to withstand these cold temperatures," said Tracey Pritchett, Service Manager at Apple Ford in Lynchburg.

If you've been having battery problems lately, Pritchett says you may have some difficulties getting your car started. Even if you have a new battery, you may notice it's a bit sluggish to start.

Also, keep an eye on your tire pressure this week; you may need to add a bit of air as this cold system moves through.

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