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Tips on Staying Warm This Winter


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Get ready for the coldest night of the winter. Temps will feel even colder tomorrow morning when you wake up due to the wind chill. Here are some tips on staying nice and cozy this winter… • Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, which will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat.
• Mittens will keep your hands warmerthan gloves.
• Wear a hat that covers your ears.
• Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and for better traction in ice and snow.
• If working outside, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated

For your home:

• Prevent frozen pipes – when the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around your water pipes. Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. 
• Don’t forget your pets.  If you can’t bring them inside, make sure you provide adequate shelter to keep them warm .
• If you plan on using an alternate heating source, never use a stove or oven to heat your home. 
• Keep a glass or metal fire screen around the fireplace and never leave a fireplace fire unattended. 
• If using a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use it. Turn the heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  Keep children and pets away from your space heater and do not use it to dry wet clothing.

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