Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wisconsin is in a Deep Freeze

Like so many other people we are stuck in a DEEP FREEZE! The temps in Wisconsin are BONE CHILLING. Schools have been closed for the last three days. The winds are blowing and the snow is falling. 
TODAY'S MAPS


A few facts about staying warm & safe in extremely cold weather:
  • Make sure NOT to overdue outside. Working in the emergency room I know all to well what happens when people over due outside. Make sure to wear warm layers and do not over exhaust yourself.  Did you know when your hands get cold, it causes blood vessels in the heart to constrict and reduce the blood supply to your heart. If you have a heart blockage of 20% ~ that same blockage can be 70% to the constricting walls in the cold weather condition. ALWAYS have on GOOD GLOVES to KEEP YOU HANDS WARM while snow shoveling or working outside during cold weather!!!
  • Make sure to check the air in your tires. Yesterday while driving on the expressway - a gentleman pulled up to us motioning my tire was low.   I pulled off the expressway and sure enough it was extremely low on air. Dawn added air - THANK YOU to the man that warned us. He saved us from having a flat tire. He gave us a simple Act of Kindness that made a world of difference. It was -25 degrees when he told us - he rolled down his window driving down the road and motioned to us. He went out of his way to make a difference. I came home told my hubby what happened and he explained that my tires are not losing air - the air is becoming denser. Denser air takes up less space making the tire pressure lower. Make sure to check your tires!!!
  • In August I purchased Thermal Drapes for every room in our home.  I can not stress how much difference the drapes are making at keeping our home warmer. Our home is so much warmer while using less energy. My hubby and are are totally amazed. The down fall is our home is now like a cocoon.  With little to no sun shine and high winds we have been keeping the drapes closed. I laugh and tell my hubby this is like a cave. He smiles and says "Yep a warm cave!" Seriously if you have extremely cold temps outside and want to save on energy and keep your home warm - purchase thermal drapes. I purchased mine from SHOPKO - Northcrest brand. They are not that expensive and they look very nice. Add decorative rods and drape rings and you have a classic look. 
  • My hubby told me to add this helpful hint - Now is a perfect time to do some baking. Wednesday when it was -30 with wind chill - I decided to make some bread. I not only warmed up the kitchen - I put a HUGE smile on hubby's face. He LOVES fresh hot bread!
STAY WARM!
Do you have a helpful hint on how to stay warm in extreme cold weather?

20 comments:

  1. Brr. That -24 sounds just awful. My suggestion would be to bundle up in tons of layers. Stay warm everybody!

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  2. oh my that looks so cold! I am in southern California and we got snow where I live, it's crazy because it never snows off the mountains in socal. Stay warm this winter!

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  3. This is really great information. I can't imagine being in weather that cold. I was born and raised in Florida and I have never seen snow.

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  4. Oh that is really cold! Good to know about the importance of gloves. We were in Colorado last week and it was a high of 15 which is super cold for someone from Califorina. It is however, perfect weather for baking and lighting a fire.

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  5. Why do I live in the Midwest again? *Sigh* Good info, and I am sooo cold too!

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  6. I'm in Illinois and it has definitely been cold! Thankfully, I think it's supposed to warming up a bit.

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  7. I am in Pennsylvania and it is really cold here. Although, I remember winters being much colder for longer periods than what we have been seeing.

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  8. Great tips, I'm in New York and we have just hit a cold streak. Freezing! I find the thermal curtains to be a big help!

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  9. My house is not as cold as Wisconsin but the inside gets pretty cold. I am thinking I should start wearing gloves because my hands get really cold! I didn't know that cold hand fact.

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  10. Wow, I couldn't imagine that cold. I live in Arizona and our weather is pretty nice around this time. Please stay warm.

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  11. Brrr too cold for me. This is why I live in Florida.

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  12. Brr, I can't imagine dealing with weather that cold! We always make sure to wear gloves here, and it's still above zero.

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  13. These safety tips are great! It's been cold here too!

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  14. It has been super cold in NY too. We are expecting a bad storm in morning. I would say in this weather, give yourself time and take it easy when driving on slick roads.

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  15. I am in NY and we have had a deep freeze too. We don't have much snow though, and I'd rather have cold than snow.

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  16. I find someone to snuggle up with. And a nice hot chocolate.

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  17. Hope everyone stays warm and safe. It will be spring before you know it. I hope.

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  18. For Oklahoma we have been cold also. I want to stay inside.

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  19. Thermal drapes are literally a God send in Colorado. We love them so much. Love this post, great tips

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  20. I'm so over this cold! At least yesterday was a little warmer (relatively). We finally got outside for a bit of fun on the slopes.

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