As this first taste of winter moves in, the American Red Cross
offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the big chill.
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and
a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
- Donít forget your pets - bring them indoors. If they canít
come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them
warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- 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.
- 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
- If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard
surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.
- 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.
- If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire
screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
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- Use generators correctly Ė never operate a generator inside
the home, including in the basement or garage.
- Donít hook a generator up to the homeís wiring. The safest
thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power
directly to the outlets on the generator.
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