The Progressive Animal Welfare Society offers these tips on keeping animals safe during the current cold snap:

* Keep pets inside, especially at night. If they aren’t regularly inside, confine them to a laundry room or other enclosed space after removing cleaning products or food items that your pet could get into.

* Inside pets shouldn’t spend too much time outdoors for walks or play time. Put sweaters on shorthair dogs.

* Move guinea pigs, rats or rabbits away from windows and drafts.

* For animals that have to be outdoors, be sure they have adequate shelter that is a few inches off the ground and protected from the weather. Give them extra food, since they burn more energy staying warm.

* Make sure animals have plenty of fresh, clean, unfrozen water.

* Keep animals away from antifreeze when changing it in cars and other machinery.

Boys &Girls Clubs art is on display

Art from 12 Snohomish County Boys &Girls Clubs will be on exhibit today through Jan. 12 at Arts of Snohomish Gallery, 105 Cedar Ave. in Snohomish.

The art contest is part of a national competition organized by the Boys &Girls Clubs of America. Winners will go on to a regional competition, then to a national competition.

The Boys &Girls Club will host an opening reception 6-7 p.m. today at the gallery.

Participating clubs include Arlington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Mukilteo, North and South Everett, Snohomish, Sultan and Tulalip.

Traffic safety nominees sought

The Snohomish County DUI Traffic Safety Task Force seeks nominations for its annual awards ceremony March 9 in Everett.

You may nominate someone who has had an effect on Snohomish County traffic safety in 2004 or has helped with a program that has had an impact.

Note achievements in education, media, transportation, medicine, corrections, politics and art, or programs that raised awareness about traffic safety. The deadline is Jan. 17. For more information, call 425-388-7200.

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