Winter weather is a fact of life for much of the country, but when it brings below-zero temperatures and strong winds it can be very dangerous. Here are our top five tips for protecting yourself and your family throughout the coldest of cold snaps:

Remember three feet for heat

When using a space heater, use the three foot rule, keeping it three feet away from flammables like paper, clothing, curtains and rugs.

Carry a road warrior kit

Blankets, a flashlight, fresh batteries, cell phone charger, and sand/kitty litter for tire traction are a must when traveling in the winter.

Protect your pets

Bring your pets inside when possible, but if they have to stay out, be sure their outdoor shelter is warm and has fresh, unfrozen water. 

Keep pipes warm

Keep the warm air from your home circulating near your pipes, and consider turning your faucets on to a drip to keep the water moving.

Watch for frostbite

If you must go outside, wear several lightweight layers to help create better insulation and preserve your body heat. Watch for symptoms of frostbite like numbness of the skin, skin turning white or grayish-yellow, skin feeling unusually firm or waxy. Contact your medical professional if you detect these symptoms.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Red Cross