Monday, October 3, 2011

Dipping temps

As the temperatures begin to dip, it's time to start preparing for that season we dread and push from our mind all spring, summer, and fall... winter.  Here in Buffalo though, we know that it's better to prepare now, because that white stuff has a way of sneaking up on us (i.e. the October Surprise).  So, here are some quick and easy tips to get prepared for that chilly weather:

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Be extremely careful when using candles- Although they warm the atmosphere of a room, and normally smell amazing!, they can be easily forgotten and the open flame makes them an obvious fire hazard! Use sparingly and never use an open flame as an emergency light source.

Inspect fireplaces and wood stoves- If you have one, you probably haven't given it a second thought since last February, so use caution before you light it the next chilly evening.  Have it inspected by a professional to make sure it is in working order.

Check smoke alarms- Since heaters, fireplaces, and stoves are all being used more to warm up our cold homes, it is imperative to make sure that we have working smoke alarms throughout our homes and outside all sleeping areas. This is a safety measure that could save lives and is worth the 10 minutes it takes to test all the alarms in your household.

Update your emergency supply kit- Now that cold weather is settling upon us, it is important to make sure that our emergency supply kits are stocked with items such as gloves, a coat, extra socks, and hats.

For more information about what items to pack in your kit to prepare for the cold weather, and tips on how to dress to stay warm, visit us online.

To schedule a free presentation (click here to learn more) that goes over how to be Red Cross Ready for a winter storm, please contact 886-7500 and ask for Denise Herkey-Jarosch or Louise Porter.

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