It’s important for families to stay safe and warm during this time of the year, especially because temperatures across the country have been freezing like never before.
To prevent certain incidents and keep family members from being exposed to temperatures that could cause them to become sick, Red Cross has urged the public to ensure that they are always wear layers of lightweight clothing even inside of the house in order to stay warm. Have a hat and gloves at hand and wear them when you go outside. That will help to prevent body heat loss.
Children should always be protected from the cold. Too often, they fail to indicate they are actually cold. Make sure they are protected and warm at all times. If you have pets, do not let them stay outside, especially when the temperatures begin dropping considerably. In case you have livestock, you must keep in mind that they must have access to unfrozen water at all times. They must also have enough shelter for sudden temperature drops or snowfall.
To protect your home and your pockets, make sure to follow certain steps to keep your pipes from freezing. Have water running or trickling in order to have it circulating inside of the pipes so they won’t freeze. The kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open at all times so heated air can circulate around the pipes. If your garage was developed with certain water pipes, keep the doors closed. While you may be concerned about the electricity bill, make sure to keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night to keep the structure of your home protected from the daring temperatures.
Space heaters and fireplaces can help to keep us warm but we must keep it in mind that flammable objects should never be left anywhere near them. Keep a large enough metal or glass screen in front of the fireplace to avoid sparks from posing a risk to people sitting or walking nearby. Turn your space heater off before everybody goes to bed and make sure to have it standing on a steady surface. Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from the device. Leaving your children alone around your fireplace or space heater could be dangerous. Make sure to avoid incidents and even major fires by keeping an eye on your children at all times.
The full list of safety tips offered by Red Cross can be found here.