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Bitter Temperatures to Hit Ohio Tomorrow

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Severely cold weather is nothing to be taken lightly.

The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions due to the extreme weather we’re experiencing. In the coming days, more snow and sub-zero temperatures are forecast, which can be extremely hazardous.  The Red Cross is monitoring the situation, along with our partners, and is prepared to respond if necessary.

“Severely cold weather is nothing to be taken lightly,” said Matt Bertram, CEO, American Red Cross Central-Southeast Ohio Region. “There are things you can do to protect yourself, the people and pets who depend on you, and your home when this extremely cold weather is coming.”

Prepare your home with a kit:

-  Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

-  Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food

-  Flashlight

-  Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

-  Extra batteries

-  First aid kit

-  Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)

-  Multi-purpose tool

-  Sanitation and personal hygiene items

-  Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

-  Cell phone with chargers

-  Family and emergency contact information

-  Extra cash

-  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

-  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

-  Tools/supplies for securing your home

-  Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

-  Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members

-  Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves


Home Heating Safety:

-  Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

-  Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

-  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 rugs. 

-  Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed. 

-  If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. 

-  Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. 

-  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.