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Frigid temps tough on tots .... and adults PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:03
Shane Rashley of Bowling Green, adjusts the hood of a jacket for his daughter Katelynn, 9, while sledding in Bowling Green on Friday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Is it safe to let children play outside in the coming frigid weather, or even walk to a nearby school, sports event or lesson?
Bowling Green pediatrician Mike Lemon offered a list of considerations that parents need to keep in mind.
First, are a couple of pre-suppositions:
“We’re presuming the child has no significant medical issues such as a chest issue” like bronchitis, pneumonia or “a lung disease or heart disease.” For those children, exposure to the elements should be avoided entirely.
For healthy children:
“We’re assuming they’re going to be appropriately dressed in multiple layers,” which keep the body much warmer than a single heavy layer of clothing.
Don’t forget the sunscreen, since sun on snow actually causes sunburn.
“Use sunscreen on exposed areas if you’re going to be outside for a significant amount of time, although probably nobody will be in this weather.”
Don’t forget the Chapstick for exposed lips.
Children going outside to play in the snow should be sure to be reasonably well hydrated, Lemon added. “The cold air sucks the water right out of us. Humidity is a lot lower in cold temperatures” so drink plenty of water.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:06
Pets need pampering during cold PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 January 2014 10:01
A woman walks a dog down a snow covered street in Bowling Green Monday morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Winter weather can be as trying for pets as it is for their owners.
For indoor pets not used to the cold and not much tolerance for it, limit their time outdoors, suggested Dr. Dave Ernsthausen, of the Animal Hospital at West Ridge. The key is to limit their time outdoors, particularly with walks.
Outdoor pets need special attention as well.
They’ll need some form of shelter to block the wind and some kind of bedding to keep them dry. Wet coats and paws can lead to frostbite, Ernsthausen cautioned.
They’ll also need to opportunity to drink, so keep ice clear from their water bowl, and don’t limit their food as they’ll need plenty to sustain their normal metabolic rates, he said.
“It’s making good judgements. If you’re cold, they’re probably cold, too,” he stated.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:08
Keep your home safe and warm PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:01
Houses in Bowling Green are seen covered in snow Monday morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
With frigid temperatures settling into Wood County, how to keep a home safe from the elements can become a paramount concern.
Neil Gearhart, owner and operator of Gearhart Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Bowling Green, noted that the greatest issue in such conditions is “property damage from moisture, from the water breaking.”
“Just because it’s 50 degrees on your thermostat, that doesn’t mean it’s 50 degrees in the outside perimeters of your crawl space,” he said.
Unoccupied dwellings can be hardest-hit by the cold conditions – for instance, properties for sale, or left vacant by college students on break.
Gearhart said his company went through 50 such units on one recent day and found three with the heat off – and ice in the toilets.
Such issues, he said can be “an absolute nightmare.”
“Keep the heat up, keep the (interior) doors open,” he said, advising that “when it’s especially cold, I wouldn’t go much less than 70 (degrees) just because it gets that much colder in the outside walls.”
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:04
Prepare prior to hitting the road PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 January 2014 09:59
Cars are seen on South Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio as snow falls on the evening of Sunday January 5th. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
With the area facing a bitter cold front moving in today, it may be tempting for folks to hunker down at home.
Temperatures tonight are expected to drop to as low as 16  below. All time record in 1918 was minus 22 degrees. Jan. 19 and 20 of 1994 it was 20 below for two days in a row.
For those who have to get moving, having reliable transportation that will start and keep on trucking is a must.
There are a few things to check to keep vehicles running smoothly.
According to Brent Sockman, of Sockman Automotive in Bowling Green, make sure you have the right protection level of antifreeze, have the battery tested to make sure it’s fully charged, and check to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
“That’s about the only thing you have to do with today’s cars since they’re so sophisticated. They don’t freeze up like they used to in the old days,” Sockman stated.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:43
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