Frigid Temperatures Forecast for Our Area Red Cross Advises PrecautionsJanuary 29, 2019Frigid Temperatures Forecast for Our Area Red Cross advises precautions
Cincinnati, OH – January 28, 2019— The forecast calls for an arctic blast to bring near zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills to our region. The coldest of the temperatures are expected on Wednesday. The American Red Cross offers steps to follow to stay safe in this bitter cold.
HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY
Many people resort to space heaters and other sources to keep their homes warm. Home heating is the second leading cause of fires in the country. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends these steps:
1. Keep children, pets and things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from space heaters and other heating equipment.
2. If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs, carpets or near bedding or drapes. Plug power cords directly into outlets - never into an extension cord.
3. Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended, and use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
4. Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
5. Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
STAY SAFE DURING WINTER WEATHER
6. Wear layers of clothing, a hat, mittens and waterproof, insulated boots.
7. Be careful when tackling strenuous tasks like shoveling snow in cold temperatures.
8. Check on your neighbors, especially elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
9. 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.
10. Watch for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Frostbite symptoms include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
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