As the arctic blast hits CT the American Red Cross has issued their ten steps for cold weather safety.
As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Crossoffers 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. 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