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Check on the elderly and ill as temps plummet

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Neighbors should check on neighbors to make sure they are prepared to survive the cold. Neighbors should check on neighbors to make sure they are prepared to survive the cold.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Frigid temperatures have enveloped the Tennessee Valley. Most of us call it downright chilly, but for the elderly and infirmed, the icy weather can prove more dangerous – even deadly, especially as the thermometer dips into the single digits.

CASA of Madison County wants to make sure you simply check in on your family, friends and neighbors. The organization is asking their clients to ask other clients things such as if they have enough blankets.

Their clients are being urged to dress in layers, make sure they are taking their medications, and staying hydrated. CASA representatives said the elderly especially need to stay indoors for safety reasons. A slip and fall could present more problems than the cold – so put off that doctor's visit if you can.

They also see a lot of folks worried about their utility bills and unwilling to turn up the heat.

"It's still going to be less expensive for you to keep your thermostat up than it is to use a space heater, and it's going to be far safer," said Executive Director Ann Anderson.

Anderson said the homes some CASA clients live in have electrical systems that cannot support the small but powerful heaters and that tripping over electrical cords can cause injury to the person or start a fire.

Other people may not have central heating in their homes, and those are the people CASA is asking to stay with family or friends for the next few days.

"The weather is just deadly frigid, and they need to be in an environment where it's heated," Anderson advised.

CASA serves Madison, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone and Marshall Counties. There are also assistance services provided by Crisis Services of North Alabama and United Way locations across the North Alabama region.

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