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Cold Weather Safety Tips

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Top 10 Cold Weather Safety Tips From the American Red Cross

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

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. 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.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level,
hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper,
clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

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

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large
enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from
freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate
around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals
out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if
your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in
the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest 
thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the




Con Ed Emergency: 1-800-752-6633

Yonkers Police Non-emergency: 914-377-7900

Mayors Help Line: 914-377-6000



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