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In record-breaking chill, residents are asked to care for one another. Here’s how.

Butler County residents woke up to record-breaking frigid weather Tuesday morning, as the thermometer recorded temperatures ranging from minus-5 to minus-10. The frigid weather prompted concern for some of the most vulnerable residents in the county.

The record for the coldest temperature on Jan. 2 is minus-5 degrees, according to meteorologists from Storm Center 7, leaving Tuesday as a new record for the area.

MORE: Bone chilling temps for the rest of the week

Wind chills are expected to range from minus-10 to minus-25 until early in the afternoon, and a warning was issued to Butler County residents that the wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

MORE: Area customers should expect higher heating bills, officials say

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With meteorologists predicting continued frigid temperatures and very cold wind chills for the rest of the week, the Ohio Department of Aging is asking agencies and residents to ramp up efforts to make sure the elderly are safe during this cold snap.

The agency’s Interim Director Beverley Laubert said it is important to make sure older residents are safe from the bitter cold and have heat working properly in their homes.

“Older adults are at increased risk for complications from conditions including snow, ice, bitter cold and more. Factors like age-related changes and medication side effects can intensify the impact,” Laubert said. “Extremely cold temperatures equal severe weather, and we ask all Ohioans to check on older loved ones, neighbors and friends during this and other severe weather.”

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