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Common sense vital to combat frigid weather

January 7, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

For the duration of this week, West Point will be hit by an extraordinary cold spell. Monday’s highs were in the mid 20s with lows in the single digits with similarly cold conditions expected for the next few days. With that, it’s imperative that individuals be wary of certain elements while trying to stay warm throughout the week.
“This is probably the coldest temperatures we’ve had in years,” said West Point Fire Department Chief Johnny Littlefield. “I can’t remember it being this cold with the windchill the way it is.”
Littlefield said in an effort to stay warm, people are likely to travel to a retail outlet of choice and purchase a portable heater. Or they will enlist the services of a heater already in their possession.
With that, however, such individuals will need to take “common sense” measures to ensure their safety, according to Littlefield.
“(Portable heaters are) certainly laboratory approved,” Littlefield said. “But there again it comes back to common sense — don’t put them next to anything.”

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