Red Cross officials share winter weather safety tips

ILLINOIS - In response to the cold temperatures that Illinois residents are expected to face in the next couple of days, the American Red Cross is offering several tips to keep residents safe during winter weather.

Red Cross officials say that you should wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm, and to wear gloves and a hat to prevent the loss of body heat in cold weather.  Officials also say to look out for the signs of hypothermia, such as exhaustion, severe shivering, confusion, and dizziness, and signs of frostbite, such as numbness, discoloration, numbness, or a waxy skin feeling.

Residents should also bring pets indoors, if possible.  If not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm, and to provide them with unfrozen water.  Officials also say to run water, even at a trickle, to prevent your pipes from freezing, and to not use a stove or oven to heat your home.  

Red Cross officials also say that if you use a fireplace, use a metal or glass fire screen large enough to catch rolling logs and sparks.  Officials say space heaters should be placed on a level, hard surface, and that anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.  Finally, residents should make sure that all space heaters are turned off, and that all fireplace embers have been extinguished, before leaving the room or going to bed.

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