Try to Stay Warm...It's Cold Out There
A few things to think about as temperatures drop during the winter months. The American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
1. Layer Up
Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
2. Don't Forget Your Furry Friends
Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
3. Remember the Three Feet Rule
If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
4. Extra Heat Requires Supervision
Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
5. Don't Catch Fire
If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
6. Protect Your Pipes
Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
7. Better Safe than Sorry
Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
8. The Kitchen is for Cooking
Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
9. Use Generators Outside
Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
10. Knowledge is Power
Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.