DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX — With freezing temperatures in the forecast, the American Red Cross is sharing steps you should take to stay safe and warm through the weekend.
HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY
When temperatures drop, many people resort to space heaters and other sources to keep their homes warm. Unforunately, 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:
- All heaters need space. Keep children, pets and things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from heating equipment.
- If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, such as ceramic tile floor. Do no place space heaters on rugs, carpets or near bedding or drapes. Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
- Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
- Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
- Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
STAY SAFE DURING WINTER WEATHER
- Check on your neighbors, especially elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
- Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Avoid driving until the inclement weather has passed. If you must drive, use caution and slow down, especially on ramps, bridges and overpasses which may freeze before roadways.
DOWNLOAD THE RED CROSS ‘EMERGENCY’ APP
The Red Cross Emergency App provides instant access to weather alerts for your area and the areas where your loved ones live. Additional winter weather and home fire safety tips are also included. Download for the app for free at your favorite app store or at redcross.org/apps