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Red Cross offers seven cold weather safety tips

"We want to be sure people know how to prepare and stay safe while staying warm. "

FLOWOOD, Miss., Nov. 11, 2014--Unseasonably cold air pattern is predicted to blow into Mississippi this week and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to stay safe during the cold temperatures.

“People may not be expecting such cold weather this early in November, so we want to be sure they know how to prepare and stay safe while staying warm,” said Bob Devaney Mississippi Red Cross regional disaster officer.

Here are seven tips to help you prepare for and stay safe during the cold temperatures:

1.            Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

2.            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.

3.            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.

4.            Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.

5.            Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away. 

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

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

Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies like hypothermia by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at 

For additional information about winter safety, please visit              

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.