Pedestrians & Bikers Try to Beat the Cold

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY

For those who walk or bike to work below-zero wind chills come with their own set of problems.

In Wednesday's deep freeze Michael Toscano still has to commute to work on foot.

"I walk a mile to work and a mile back and I start a seven in the morning at its coldest and I normally walk back at this time," explained Toscano.

As he made his trek home Wednesday night down Elmwood Avenue dangerously low temperatures were at four degrees with wind chills below zero.

Bicyclists were also taking extra precautions as they brave the extreme weather.

This drop in mercury shouldn't be taken lightly.

Weather experts warn one of the most dangerous by-products of winter weather is the wind chill which can induce frostbite and hypothermia in less than five minutes in some cases.

Frozen pipes have been another pesky problem.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon a home on West Avenue caught on fire twice in one day after the resident attempted to thaw out his frozen pipes with a blow torch and later a heat gun.

So whether you're outdoors or inside it's important to thaw out safely.

"The first step you can take is make sure you have an operational smoke detector and a co detector in your home,"
said Garnell Whitfield, Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department.