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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is bracing for a winter blast over the weekend. 

City officials, including representatives from the Health Department, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Louisville Metro Police and Louisville Fire & Rescue held a joint news conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Other organizations taking part include Public Works, Metro Animal Services, Resilience and Community Services and Metro United Way 211.

The news conference covered the ways residents can best prepare and stay safe during extreme cold and winter weather.

Click on the video player with this story to watch the news conference.

The city offers these five suggestions to stay safe as severe cold approaches. According to a news release, those tips include:

  • Staying indoors, whenever possible.
  • Be extremely careful and vigilant when navigating slick walkways.
  • Stay dry. Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible to prevent the loss of body heat. 
  • Be on the lookout for signs of frostbite. According to the news release, these include, "loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose." Anyone exhibiting such symptoms should get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include, "uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion." Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should be taken to a warm location, have their wet clothing removed, have the center of the body warmed first and receive warm, non-alcoholic beverages, if conscious. They should also seek help immediately.

The city reminds residents that Metro United Way's 211 information service is available around the clock. Residents can also text their zip code to 898211, or go online for more information.

Saving on your heating bill

With 12 straight days at-or-below freezing, and wind chills dropping below zero, many wait and wonder how bad their next heating bill will be. A representative of Louisville Gas & Electric was quick to offer ways to save. 

"If you can adjust your thermostat to the lowest temperature you can still feel comfortable in, that's a good idea," said Natasha Collins, spokeswoman for Louisville Gas & Electric.

Experts say degrees quickly turn to dollars. Every tick you turn down your thermostat saves about 3-percent on your heating bill -- so on a $100 bill, you could save $10 by just adjusting the temperature by three or four degrees. 

"Make sure your heating system is operating efficiently," said Collins. "You can do that by making sure you are doing your part to change out your filters every three months, or according to manufacturer's instructions."

Next, cover all your cracks, including window seals and doors. A blanket or a towel -- already in your home -- goes a long way to block the wind you don't want to come in. And speaking of coming in, open your blinds and curtains. Although it's cold outside, the sun is a natural heater.

"There are things people can do, and even the smallest of them makes a difference," Collins said.

Every little bit puts dollars back in your pocket. Hopefully when you see your next bill, you can stay in your warm happy place.

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