Local American Red Cross shares cold weather tips

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    SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –

    It may not feel like it outside, but the coldest weather of the season is expected this weekend and into the first part of next week.

    With below-freezing temperatures just around the corner, the local chapter of the American Red Cross wants to make sure you and your family are prepared.

    Emergency kits with things like critical documents, medicine, food and water really set the foundation for any emergency situation. Especially if you need to just grab and go in a situation like a house fire.

    With colder weather, the use of space heaters becomes more common, as do house fires if they’re not used properly.

    If you find yourself out in the elements, the American Red Cross urges you to dress for the weather. Wear a hat, insulated boots, dress in layers and watch for the signs of frostbite.

    When it comes to protecting your home, pipes are a priority. Let cold water drip from faucets, and open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to hit the pipes to keep them from freezing.

    Bottom line, the American Red Cross doesn’t want cold weather to catch you and your family off guard.

    “We want people to understand that it is the preparation that is important. The temperatures are going to drop. It’s going to be very cold at night time. And typically, we’re not used to that cold weather. We’re not used to the temperatures in the 30’s and in the 20’s. That’s not what we’re accustomed to,” said Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia, Esther Sheppard.

    Tips for residents provided from the American Red Cross:

    Build an emergency kit well in advance:  Don’t forget to include critical documents, medications, food, water, blankets and warm clothing for your entire family.

    Don’t forget Pets and Livestock:

    Bring pets/companion animals inside during cold weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water.

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