Frigid air is predicted for the region tonight and tomorrow; the American Red Cross wants to remind residents to stay safe during this hazardous weather.
“These freezing temperatures can be deadly,” said Cindy Erickson, Red Cross CEO of Eastern Missouri. “We want to remind everyone to take a few safety measures before the bitter weather descends on us.”
Here are ten ways to stay safe during this latest round of cold temperatures:
• Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
• Know the signs of hypothermia — confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
• Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
• Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
• Avoid frozen pipes — run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
• Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
• Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least 3 feet away.
• If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
• Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.