Even though the country is only a few days into autumn, some areas of the country are experiencing winter-type weather. The American Red Cross has helpful tips for those affected by extremely cold weather or snow.
Weather experts are reporting a blast of polar air is heading down from Canada to the United States over the next few days, bringing a huge drop in temperatures all the way to the Deep South, with snow in parts of Montana, North Dakota and through the northern Rockies.
With eyes on cold temperatures and possible snow, the Red Cross offers tips for those in affected areas.
Have furnaces, chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves inspected and cleaned before another winter of use. Test batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Other good steps to take to get one’s home ready for winter include:
SPACE HEATERS With heating costs rising, many people are considering using alternate sources of heat to cut down on heating bills. The Red Cross recommends that people look for a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over, and that it is placed on a level, hard and nonflammable surface in the home. Other safety tips include:
FLU SEASON Flu activity can begin as early as October in this country, peaking in January or February. Everyone six months or older should get a flu vaccine this year, as soon as flu season vaccine becomes available in their community.
More information about how to be prepared for winter storms is available on this web site.