Here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, it can get cold during the winter months. And when it does, it’s important to remember how to keep yourself, your family, your pets, and your home safe. When you follow these cold weather safety tips it can help you get through frigid temps.
Stay Warm Outside
If you decide to venture outside on a cold day, it is essential that you keep your body warm to avoid issues such as frostbite and hypothermia. Here are a few suggestions:
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
- Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Wear mittens instead of gloves.
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning claims about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. That’s why installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home is so important. Here are some other steps you can take:
- NEVER run generators indoors.
- NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.
- If your heat goes out, keep warm indoors by closing off rooms you do not need, dressing in layers of lightweight clothing, and wearing a cap.
When it comes to wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and heaters, taking every effort to stay safe is very important. Here are some tips to follow:
- Always keep a screen around an open flame.
- NEVER use gasoline to start your fireplace.
- NEVER burn charcoal indoors.
- Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.
If you have an outdoor pet, when the weather gets cold you should make an exception and bring them indoors. Find a blanket or old towel or somewhere soft for them to sleep. In addition, be sure they stay well hydrated. When they go outside, try to avoid salt that may be placed on slippery roads or sidewalks as it contains dangerous chemicals. If they do walk through salt, be sure to clean their paws as soon as possible.
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Before You Drive
Going out for a drive? Here are some specific steps to take when the temperatures drop, whether the roads are slick or not:
- Check you battery
- Check your fluids (coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc.)
- Check your tires
- Have jumper cables
- Pack a blanket
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