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State Police offer tips on staying safe in the cold

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Extreme cold temperatures can be dangerous--even deadly.

Michigan State Police have some tips on how to stay safe.

First, stay indoors if possible.

If you must go outside, wear protective winter gear, especially a scarf to protect your lungs.

Remove any clothing that gets damp or wet.

Also, check on family, friends and neighbors.

If you need help, call 2-1-1.

If you need a place to warm up in these low temperatures, Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids has a warming center open until 7:00 p.m.

It re-opens Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.

Anyone is also welcome to seek relief from the cold at Ministry With Community in Kalamazoo.

It's open until 5:30 p.m. during the storm.

Also, don't forget about your pets.

According to the ASPCA, during the winter months, its important that your cat or dog has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts.

If you take your dog on a walk, keep it on a leash. Many dogs run off this time of year, as they easily lose their scent in the snow and ice.

Check under the hood of your car for cats as well, as they can hide there due to the warmth.

It's also important to wipe up any spills, like salt or antifreeze, which can be poisonous.