Winter weather comes ot Seguin; Red Cross offers tips on how to best handle frigid conditions
Posted on 1/2/2018 8:43:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- The new year in Seguin has started with a blast of artic air. Temperatures dropped below the freeze mark to start out 2018. The American Red Cross wants to try to help you stay safe and warm during this current cold snap. Here are the group's top ten steps that you can take to stay safe during this time of the year.

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 

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 

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.

American Red Cross

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