Winter safety tips

With more snow and cold on the way, the American Red Cross wants you to be prepared.

Here are nine ways to stay safe during this latest round of cold weather:

  1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will also help prevent losing body heat.
  2. Know the sings of hypothermia – confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, and severe shivering. Those who had the symptoms should get immediate medical attention.
  3. Watch for the symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue, or yellow skin discoloration, or waxy feeling skin.
  4. Bring pets indoor if possible. If you can’t, make sure they have shelter to keep warm and access to unfrozen water.
  5. Run a trickle of water to help keep your pipes from freezing.
  6. Do not use a stove or oven to heat a home.
  7. Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and away from anything flammable.
  8. Use a glass or metal fire screen to catch sparks and rolling logs in a fireplace.
  9. Turn off space heaters and make sure a fire is completely out before going to bed.

For more on winter preparedness, click here. 

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