7 Tips to Stay Safe During Extreme Cold

These important recommendations from the Red Cross will help keep you and your family safe during extremely cold weather.

The Red Cross recommends the following:

1. Wear many layers of lightweight clothing; gloves and a hat will also help to slow the loss of body heat.

2. Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.

3. Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration or waxy-feeling skin.

4. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have warm shelter and water that is not frozen.

5. Avoid frozen pipes by running water often. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (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 garage.

6. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.

7. Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for quick, expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency.