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Red Cross Offers Advice On Staying Safe During Deep Freeze

January 13, 2010 by  

Red Cross offers advice on staying safe during deep freeze As an arctic freeze that hit most of the country in the last few weeks caused at least nine deaths, Americans may benefit from expert tips on how to stay safe during a winter emergency.

To compound the problem, during recessionary times many people seek to cut down on heating expenses when temperatures drop. "There is usually an increase in home fires at this time of year because of the use of candles and space heaters," says Scott Conner, Red Cross senior vice president for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services.

The organization recommends keeping flammable items at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, fireplaces and stoves, and never leave such equipment unattended.

It also says that families can lower their bills by using either insulating tape or caulking strips to surround windows and door moldings. Moving furniture away from vents, closing off rooms that aren’t in use and opening curtains during the day to let the sun help warm the home, while closing them at night to keep cold air out, is also a good idea.

When going outdoors, it is best to dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, use gloves or mittens, waterproof and insulated boots as well as a hat, preferably one that covers the ears.

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  • Dale

    People dying from the cold . . . what a brilliant observation . . . and we wanted to stop Gorebull Warming . . . bring it on . . . we can save many lives . . .

  • jim

    Hoods are warmer than hats, mittens are warmer than gloves and Miami is warmer than Chicago.

  • http://AOL Gary Browning

    To Cut Down on High Heating Costs’ Hang Blankets Up In DoorWays By Installing a Few Nails and Close Off The Rooms You Aren’t Using During The Nite.

  • Jerry

    An easy way to help heat your home is with some black trash bags and thumb tacks or tape. Place the trash bags on the inside of your windows, south side or sunny side facing windows of your hose. Tape or use thumb tacks to cover the windoe on the inside of your home. Allow about 1/2 inch between the window and the bag. This can be done by placing a empty tuna can or a cut to size empty roll of toilet paper card board between the window and the bag. This will allow the sun to heat the air between the glass and bag and help heat your home.
    I did this in my bedroom and rased the tempature about 6 degrees. I covered the compleat 2 windows with two bags eack and made the space to allow the air to inter the botten and exit the top of the bags. This raised the tempature about 6 degrees in that room alone.

    • Joe H.

      There are some black bags out there that are almost transparent. You could do this and still see through them!

  • Launa Jointer

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