Take Precautions During Winter

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It’s not officially winter for another week, but the usual winter weather pattern has settled over Northern California, bringing cold, damp conditions to Redding.

Shasta County health officials remind residents to protect their families and check on their neighbors during cold weather. Hypothermia is a real risk for the homeless, people too poor to use their home heat or those who work outdoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from improper venting, or from burning wood or fossil fuels indoors.

Older adults, the homeless and infants are at most risk in cold weather, but anyone can fall victim to hypothermia. Stay indoors when it’s really cold, and bundle up when you do go out. I’m often guilty of  jumping in the car and going someplace without a jacket; that’s stupid.

The rain is forecast to continue off and on for the next few days, but the weekend should be dry and partly cloudy with highs near 60. Temperatures are dropping into the 30s at night, though, so be safe.

  • Cold weather means tire chains in snowy and/or mountain areas around Northern California. CalTrans reminds motorists that they can be ticketed and fined if they ignore chain restrictions. For more info on road conditions and chain controls, click here.
  • Monday Morning QB: The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints continue their undefeated march, with both teams reaching 13-0. In other games, who the heck cares. Tonight: The 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals in what could be a pretty good matchup.
  • DVD I Watched on the Dreadmill: “Wrong Turn at Tahoe,” a bloody crime movie that went straight to video. Miguel Ferrer is a local crimelord who crosses a big gangster played by Harvey Keitel. Cuba Gooding Jr. is Ferrer’s loyal right-hand man. Enjoyable shoot-em-up, though I was distracted the whole time because Gooding appeared to be wearing more eyeliner than Delta Burke.

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