Dec. 8, 2016
Tips for staying safe in cold weather
Below-freezing temperatures have arrived in northeastern Oklahoma, which calls for safety tips to protect you and your loved ones from the cold. The American Red Cross offers the following recommendations:
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
- Bring your pets indoors.
- Protect your pipes. Run water at a trickle to keep your pipes from freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Wrap any outdoor pipes to insulate them.
- Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces. Generators should always be outside when running.
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
- Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home.
It is also helpful to fill your vehicle gas tank before the latest blast of cold air and keep a container of kitty litter in the trunk of your automobile in case precipitation accompanies frigid temperatures.