Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips
November 11, 2014 — Temperatures are expected to dip below normal across much of the country
sending temperatures far below normal ranges. As this first taste of winter moves in, the American
Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the big chill.
• Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your
• Don’t forget your pets - bring them 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.
• Make sure your gas tank is full and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Include a car
disaster kit and an extra blanket in your trunk in case you are stranded.
• 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.
• If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable
at least three feet away.
• Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or
going to bed.
• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
• If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and
• Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the
basement or garage.
• 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 generator.
For more Red Cross preparedness information, please visit redcross.org/prepare.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's
blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross
is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more
information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross