Baby, It's Cold Outside!

And the American Red Cross wants to make sure you survive the sub-zero temps and they're offering a number of helpful hints.—-

If Your Car Gets Stuck...

• Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.

• Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.

• Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.

• Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.

• As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.

• Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.

Stay Safe During a Power Outage

• Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!

• Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.

• Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.

• Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.

• If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.

• Listen to local radio and television for updated information

Use Generators Safety

• If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.

• If you are using a generator, do not attempt to use it indoors, including inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace or other enclosed area, even with ventilation.

• Be sure to place the generator away from open windows, doors or vents leading into your home. Install battery-operated carbon dioxide alarms in your home.

• Keep the generator dry. Be sure to turn the generator off and allow it to cool before refueling. Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord.

• Turn off or disconnect all motor-driven appliances and fixtures to avoid damage from sudden surges when power is restored.

For additional winter safety tips and information on building a disaster supplies kit for your vehicle, contact the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at 513-792-4000 or visitwww.cincinnatiredcross.org

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