Kentucky expecting dip in temperatures, experts urge caution

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Lexington city officials urge residents to follow instructions on how to stay safe in cold weather.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Experts say it’s important to take precautions for yourself as well as your property as temperatures dip Wednesday night.

Emergency room doctor Charles Eckerline at the University of Kentucky Medical Center tells WKYT-TV that anyone who has to be outside in the cold should avoid long periods of exposure, dress in layers and don’t consume excessive caffeine or alcohol to reduce risk of hypothermia.

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Warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, slurred speech and drowsiness.

The Kentucky Division of Water says to protect water pipes, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspaper, covering the papers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let a trickle of water run from a cold faucet farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen previously. Also, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

 

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