Temperatures are expected to dip below normal across much of the country - As winter weather moves in, the American Red Cross offers the following steps people can take to stay safe during this arctic blast.
Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat. When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible.
Take care of your Car
Make sure your gas tank is full and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Include a car disaster kit and an extra blanket in your trunk in case you are stranded.
Don’t Forget your Pets!
Bring pets indoors if possible. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
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.
Use Space Heaters and Fireplaces Wisely
If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away. If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed. ( Never use a stove or oven to heat your home)
Use Generators Correctly
Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. 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.
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE GUIDE FROM THE CDC ON WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EXTREME COLD.