Snow, freezing rain and a significant drop in the temperatures are expected in Chicago and surrounding areas beginning today. Sub-zero temperatures could be felt in our area from early Thursday into late Friday. The
American Red Cross provides safety tips that may help you stay safe.
HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY
It’s that time of year when many people resort to space heaters and other heating sources to keep their homes warm. Home heating is the second leading cause of fires in this country. To reduce the risk of heating-related fires, the Red Cross recommends these steps (More home fire safety information available here):·
STAY SAFE DURING WINTER WEATHER
WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY
Stay off the road if possible, during severe weather. If you must drive in winter weather, follow these tips:
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Free bilingual Emergency App (English/Spanish) for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.