As temperatures drop, the American Red Cross shares ten steps to stay safe during the frigid weather.
1. Wear Layers
Wear layers of light clothing to stay toasty. A hat and gloves will also help prevent body heat from escaping.
Don’t forget your pets outside! Bring them indoors. If you don’t want them inside, make sure they have acess to a warm out of the weather so that they have unfrozen water to drink.
3. 3 Foot Rule
Don’t forget the three-foot rule. If you use a space heater, keep it on a hard, flat surface and keep flammable over three feet away from it. Things such as clothing, paper, curtains, rugs, or bedding.
Always turn space heaters off and make sure embers in your fireplace are fully out before going to bed or even leaving the room.
5. Fire Safety
Don’t start a fire! If you use a fireplace, also use a metal or glass fire screen. Make sure it’s big enough to catch popping embers and sparks.
6. Protect The Water Pipes
At all times you should run water, even just trickling, to prevent freezing your pipes. Opening the cabinet doors allows warmer air near the pipes. Make sure you move any harmful cleaning products out of children’s reach. If you have water pipes in the garage, always keep the garage doors for insulation.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Maintain the same temperature on your thermostat throughout the night and day. Your heat bill may increase a bit, but you could prevent a more expensive repair if your pipes freeze and crack.
The kitchen is only for cooking. Never use an oven or stove to heat your house.
Always use your generator outside. Never use one inside the house, as well as in the garage or basement.
10. Connecting Generators
Don’t connect your generator to the wiring of your home. Connecting it directly to the generator outlets is the safest thing to do.