Don't Forget Your Furry Friends when Preparing for the Cold

When it’s cold outside, don’t forget about your furry family members. Extreme cold affects them too.

  • ·         Remember when the temperatures take a dip, bring your pets inside. Animals don’t exhibit signs of pain when suffering from frostbite.
  • ·         Avoid shaving your dog down to the skin in the winter, but keep long-haired dogs groomed. Longer coats provide more warmth but don’t have it so long that ice crystals and de-icing chemicals get stuck in the dogs hair.
  • ·         What for signs of hypothermia to include weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness.
  • ·         If you take your pet out during the winter, avoid taking them on or around ice. If the ice breaks, your pet can be injured or even killed.
  • ·         Wipe your pet’s paws every time after they go outside. Rock salt and other ice-melting materials can cause irritation, sickness and can even be fatal to pets.
  • ·         Make sure to keep antifreeze away pets. Pets may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly.
  • ·         Be prepared. Extreme weather can cause power outages, some for extended periods of time. Make sure to have an emergency kit prepared for your pet to include water, food, medications and other supplies your pet may need.


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  • Do you know what to do to stay safe during a winter storm??

    Planning now could be critical to surviving through snowstorms and extreme cold.

    Here are a few things to remember to keep safe during a winter storm.

    §  Stay off roads, if possible

    §  If you are trapped in your car, stay inside

    §  Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Use generators and grills outside only and away from windows

    §  NEVER heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.

    §  Check on neighbors. Older adults and younger children are more at risk in extreme cold

    §  Limit the amount of time you spend outside, but if you do go out, dress in layers

    §  Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite and if you begin to show signs, get treatment immediately

    Signs of Frostbite include:

    Loss of feelings and color around the face, fingers and toes

    Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, form or waxy skin

    Actions: Got to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad


    Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.

    Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness

    Actions: Got to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first – chest, neck, head, and groin

    Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

    Are you prepared for snowstorms and extreme cold?

    Do you know how to remain safe when a winter storm approaches?

    You don’t have to wait until a winter storm is imminent to prepare.

    Start now and here’s how:

    Know what to do before, during and after a storm

    Sign up to receive alert notifications

    Have emergency preparedness kits with fresh supplies at home, work and in your car.

    Stay off the road during a winter storm.

    Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. This is especially critical if you are using alternative heating devices.

    Use safe heating devices.

     Prepare Now for #Wintersafety

    • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping. Insulate to keep your pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke detectors with battery backup.
    • Gather supplies you need to stay home for several days. Include items in case the power goes out.
    • Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights
    • Keep your gas tank full
    • Learn basic treatment for frostbite and hypothermia
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    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 1:12 PM by Pueblo RCN
  • Are you ready for winter? Prepare your family emergency plan today! Make a family emergency plan, communicate it and practice. Be Prepared! Winter can create all sorts of unexpected emergencies from power outages and blizzards, road closures and delays. Is your ...
    Posted May 31, 2018, 1:49 PM by Pueblo RCN
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    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:51 AM by Pueblo RCN
  • ARE YOU READY FOR OLD MAN WINTER? We encourage Pueblo to learn more about the best way to protect yourself this season! When it comes to threats associated with natural disaster, we are fortunate in Pueblo County ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:48 AM by Pueblo RCN
  • DO YOU KNOW YOUR ZONE?? The second push in the CSEPP Prepare Pueblo campaign is an important one for people living in and around the CSEPP Emergency Preparedness Zones.  This quarter the message is ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:46 AM by Pueblo RCN
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