10 Cold Weather Safety Tips

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As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe.

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 generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety.

We’ll add make sure to use moisturize with SPF.  Snow reflects the sun and you can still get burned by sun or wind. Cover all exposed skin to prevent frostbite.  Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.  Questions? Write to us in comments below.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About MedCrunch:
MedCrunch covers what’s hot in health for consumers and is a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN).
Maria Dorfner is the founder of Healthy Within Network.  You can follow her @Maria_Dorfner or @DorfnerMaria
A few of her credits include being asked to create and host a health series for NBC Universal, writing and producing 21st Century Medicine documentary series for the Discovery Health Channel, developing, senior producing and co-hosting medical programming for CNBC (her program was the highest revenue generating one for 3 years airing weekly on CNBC), health and special projects producer for NBC Miami, launching CCNS (the Cleveland Clinic News Service), helped launch MedPage Today, Healthology, CNBC and NewsMD Communications, working as a reporter for the nationally-syndicated series, Top Cops on CBS (first reality show) pilot and series, and director of research and producer for Roger Ailes production company.  She is the author of 3 books including Healthy Within.  Her production company, NewsMD provides media training, marketing, publicity and PR services. Her clients have included a Who’s Who in health brands.
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