Preparing For Extreme Weather

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Updated: 1/06 9:43 am
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) It’s been more than three decades since Chattanooga has seen temperatures this low.

The American Red Cross wants to make sure you understand exactly what you need to do to protect yourself.

CEO Greg Waite said there are three things you need to think about and those are your home, your body and your car.

Most important is your body. Greg said be smart because it doesn’t long for hypothermia and frostbit to set in.

“Make sure you don’t have exposed skin,” he said. “Make sure the kids are bundled up if they have to go to school.”

That goes for adults to. If you don’t have to be out in the cold don’t go.

Protecting you home is important also. Older houses with exposed pipes may need to be covered and faucets need to drip to they won’t freeze on the inside.

Also, be careful how you heat your house. During the winter, there is an increase in house fires.

Amy Maxwell of the Hamilton County Emergency Services explained the reasons why and how you can prevent them.

“If you’re going to be using an electrical heater or coarsen heater, just make sure that you have amicable room for it just be by itself,” she said. “If you put it in the center of the room, just make sure there’s nothing around it that could possibly catch fire.”

We’ve already seen many fires start because people are using alternative heating devices. Just make sure you watch them closely.

When it comes to your car make sure you have the essentials like gas and antifreeze. Also make sure you pack some much-needed items.

If you have to travel, make sure you have blankets, coats, food and drink. Take five minutes to pack a safety kit just in case you become stranded on the side of the road.


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