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In the interest of public safety, Public Health Madison & Dane County will not hold WIC, sexual health, and immunization clinics scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday January 31.

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Dangerously low temperatures are forecasted in Dane County through the rest of the week. To protect yourself and your family during extreme cold, follow these safety tips:

For Yourself and Loved Ones

  • Stay inside. When possible, stay indoors.
  • Limit outdoor time for pets. Extreme cold is dangerous for animals too.
  • Dress in layers. If you have to venture out, dress in several loose-fitting layers. Wear a hat, mittens, and snow boots. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and face.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.
    • Hypothermia: Warning signs include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech, and symptoms can look similar to intoxication. Call 911 if someone is exposed to cold temperatures and you see these symptoms.
    • Frostbite: At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning.
  • Check on your friends, family, and neighbors. The elderly, babies, people who spend lots of time outside (e.g., the homeless, hunters), and people who drink alcohol or use drugs are more likely to be harmed from the cold.

For Your Home

  • Stock a home emergency kit. Your home kit should include items such as food and water, cell phone and charger, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, important medications, a weather radio, and a change of clothes. Visit for more items and tips.
  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have properly working detectors on every level, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores for $20-50.
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, and RVs.
  • Run generators at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

For Your Car

  • Winterize your car. Just as you have a home emergency kit, you need one for your car too. Pack items such as blankets, snacks and water, a shovel, jumper cables, and sand. Visit for more items and tips. Keep your gas tank at least half-full.


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