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How to Stay Safe with the Low Temperatures

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BUTTE -

It's cold outside, so cold temperatures may reach record lows for the next two days.

As ice hangs almost a foot below an outdoor pipe, the temperature in Butte reached well below zero, and it's expected to drop even more the next two days.

"It's important when you go outside to remember to cover all exposed skin," said Karen Maloughney with the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. "It's important to remember to wear a hat, gloves, a scarf. Exposed skin can freeze quicker than normal."

Public health nurse, Karen Maloughney says it's best not to go outside if you don't have to.

She says long periods of time outdoors with improper clothing can lead to illness and frostbite.

"What you can look for frostbite is your skin will actually start to turn a wax-like color, grayish," Maloughney said. "The most important thing to remember is that it is a medical condition you should seek treatment for."

Through the end of the week, the local county police say they will be sending out patrols to search for homeless people to help them get out of the cold.

"If need be, we'll make arrangement to get them some housing or someplace where they can get warm, especially the next couple days when it's supposed be 30 degrees below 0," said Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich. "We can't really force anybody, but if we could get them some place to go, it would be great."

Police say they take the homeless to shelters like the Butte Rescue Mission.

Anyone in need of help though can call the Butte-Silver Bow health department at 497-5020.

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