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Winter weather

Posted: January 4, 2018 10:23 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2018 1:00 a.m.

With all this cold weather we’ve been having lately, it seems like we live in South Dakota rather than South Carolina. Obviously, that’s not the case. It can get mighty cold around here, but not for months on end. And we do occasionally get some snow and ice, but not usually like they do in other places. 

That means, among other things, that some of us may not be as adept dealing with cold weather issues than others. 

So, please be careful. If you go outside, dress warmly  -- ideally in layers -- and let people know where you’re going and what you’re doing. It doesn’t take much to get hypothermia, which can be both insidious and deadly.

If we happen to get some snow, have fun, but be careful. If you don’t need to drive anywhere, don’t. If you do need to drive, take great care, slow down, watch out for others and be especially mindful of black ice, the frozen water on road ways you can’t see but that makes driving so tricky and dangerous. In fact, icy conditions can make it so your brakes become your worst enemy -- too many people feel the car slip and slam on their brakes, only to find themselves sliding and spinning wildly out of control. Slow down and tap your brakes when you use them.

Also, be mindful of home heat sources. Don’t leave a wood fireplace unattended. Never, ever, bring a propane or kerosene heater into the house.

Finally, please, please be mindful of pets. The old adage, “She’s wearing a fur coat, she’s fine” simply is not true, especially in extreme temperatures. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them, too.  If you can’t let them in the house when the temperature drops so severely, then at least prepare a warm place for them out of the elements, such as in a shed or garage.

Fortunately, this is, in fact, South Carolina and not South Dakota and it’s very likely that we’ll be walking around in short sleeves again this time next week, or failing that, at least we won’t be experiencing a prolonged below-freezing blast. But until the mercury climbs a little, please be careful out there.


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