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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -WZZM 13wants to get you prepared for this potentially dangerously cold weather.

Paul Sherds at Sherds Auto Repair in Grand Rapids says if you haven't replaced your battery in the last five years, don't be surprised if it doesn't start Monday morning. So it isa good idea to carry jumper cables and an emergency kit if you're traveling. The kit should include extra warm clothes.

Sherds also says to keep your gas tank more than half full so condensation doesn't form in the tank. Also, warm your car up before driving, and don't turn on the wipers right away or they can crack.

You should also take precautions to avoid getting frostbite. If you must go outside, wear layers. Dress your kids appropriately too, especially if they're heading to the bus stop Monday and Tuesday.

Michigan State Police say to always protect your lungs with a scarf, and don't forget the hat and mittens.

High winds make you more susceptible of getting frostbite. Your body loses heat more quickly and that could lead to hypothermia.

One sign of frostbite is a "pins and needles" sensation.

Watch for a loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.

If you think you have frostbite, don't rub or massage it. That can further damage the tissue. Instead put your hands or toes in warm, not hot, water.

MSP says signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.

Make sure you remove any clothing that gets damp or wet immediately.

Keep an eye on your pets and keep them indoors. Animals can also suffer from hypothermia and frostbite.

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