PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - In this cold weather there are some things you need to keep in mind:

Protect Your hands and feet by wearing warm gloves, socks and boots.

Protect Your lips by using lip balm.

Avoid dehydration.

Dress In Layers---not tight clothing.

and Avoid Alcohol, which can lower your body temperature.

And some reminders if you have pets...

They too---need to be protected from the bitterly cold weather:

Keep them inside when you can.

Make sure you get the snow, sand, and ice off their paws and out from in between their toe pads.

Some trainers even encourage you to put a sweater or jacket on your dog as an extra layer.

Just like you don't want to leave a dog in a hot car, you don't want to leave a dog in the car for an extended period of time in this cold. The inside of your car will start to feel like a refrigerator after awhile.

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