Here are six tips for getting through cold weather safely, from the National Weather Service:
• Wear layers of clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
• Check on elderly friends and relatives as they are more susceptible to the cold.
• Remember to bring your pets inside! Bring them indoors and make sure they have enough shelter to stay warm and that they get to unfrozen water.
• Using a space heater? Place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three (3) feet away. This includes clothing, bedding, curtains, rugs, etc.
• Using a fireplace? Use a glass or metal screen large enough to catch any sparks.
• Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department also suggests remembering the 4 P’s:
People: Keep your family warm and check on any elderly family or neighbors that may need extra blankets, help winterizing their homes or a warm place to stay.
Pets: Dogs and cats get cold too. Bring them inside at night to keep them healthy and safe.
Plants: Either cover plants to keep them warm at night or bring them inside so they can flourish.
Pipes: Cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks.
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