With temperatures predicted to plunge to 10 to 15 below zero tonight, the Medina County Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to take precautions.
A wind chill warning from the National Weather Service is in effect from noon today until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A wind chill warning is issued when winds combine with subfreezing temperatures to create conditions that are dangerous for exposed skin.
With winds expected to increase to 15 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph through Tuesday, wind-chill readings could go as low as 40 degrees below zero — cold enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin in 10 minutes or less, the weather service warned.
The last recorded temperature of 10 below in the area was in 2009.
The county Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to check on neighbors who may need assistance during these unusually cold temperatures and not to leave animals outside for long periods of time without adequate shelter,food and water.
The Ohio fire marshal reminds Ohioans that frigid winter temperatures lead to an increased risk of home fires.
State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said the use of candles as heating sources and makeshift cooking methods can significantly increase fire risks. He recommended keeping kerosene heaters and space heaters at least 3 feet from combustible materials.
Flower also warned that kitchen ovens should not be used to heat homes and generators or other fuel-powered machines should be used outside only. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm people indoors.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, inside and outside of sleeping areas, he said.