How to prepare for frigid temperatures

Your cold weather checklist. Claudia Coco / WGXA News

MACON, Ga -- The first week of January is supposed to bring Middle Georgia the coldest temperatures seen in years.

Layering clothing is the key to beating the cold weather said Josie Nelson. Nelson has a young son and she always makes sure he has on a hat, coat, and gloves. But she said thick socks are the most important.

"Socks are really important that your feet get that cold, but they do. He has a habit of taking his shoes off," Nelson said.

Nelson is originally from Maryland and she said she gets all of her ducks in a row before a cold snap hits. She also checks on her neighbors to see if they're alright.

"I know all of my neighbors, so if anybody needs something or if they just need to be checked on it's important to do so," Nelson said.

Captain Shane Cook with Monroe County Emergency Services said this kind of cold weather can bring on frost bite and hypothermia.

"The best thing to do is to stay inside," Capt. Cook said. "If you do have to go outside, try to limit it to no more than 30 minutes at a time if possible, and also make sure you dress in layers, make sure you have hats, gloves and appropriate clothes."

He said if you bring out the space heater to keep your home warm, follow the directions to avoid starting a fire.

"You're going to want to turn on space heaters and things of that nature, you're going to want to make sure that when you're using a space heater, that you follow the manufacturer guidelines for safety. Most space heaters require a three foot radius around the entire space heater as a safe zone," Capt. Cook said.

He said make a checklist of things to check on during the cold weather.

"People, pets, pipes, and plants these are the things you want to take care of during this cold spell," Capt. Cook said.

He said to check on your neighbors, keep your pets inside, and leave your faucets dripping so your pipes don't burst.

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