Warming the Home Front
Use Red Cross Safety Tips to Stay Protected from Winter Chill
February 15, 2007|
Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043|
Thursday, February 15, 2007 — Plunging temperatures have
descended upon the East Coast following a substantial Valentine’s Day
Nor’easter. This creates the potential for multiple safety issues. “An
icy freeze like this can challenge us as we try to stay warm and deal
with any potential power outages,” said American Red Cross of Central
New Jersey Emergency Services Director Kurt Weirich. ”There are major
preventive measures that we can put into practice, though, to help keep
ourselves safe over the next few days.”
Cold Weather Home Safety Tips:
- Be Cautious With Portable Space Heaters – To prevent fire, place
space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible,
including wallpaper, bedding, clothing, pets, and people. Never
leave space heaters operating when you are not in the room or when
you go to bed. Don't leave children or pets unattended near space
heaters, and be sure everyone knows that drying wet mittens or other
clothing over space heaters is a fire hazard.
- Use Generators Correctly – If you have a portable generator and
the power goes out, always plan to keep the generator outdoors.
Never operate it inside, including the basement or garage. Do not
hook up a generator directly to your home's wiring. The safest thing
to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the
outlets on the generator. Connecting a cord from the generator to a
point on the permanent wiring system and back-feeding power to your
home is an unsafe method to supply a building with power.
- Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Make sure alarms are
working properly and replace batteries as necessary.
- Use Candles Carefully – Do not use candles for lighting if the
power goes out. Use flashlights only.
- Inspect Fireplaces and Wood Stoves – Use a sturdy screen when
burning fires. Burn only wood – don’t burn paper.
Winter Weather Safety information can be found at www.njredcross.org.
The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey is a
non-governmental agency that serves the people of Mercer, Middlesex,
Hunterdon, and parts of Somerset counties. Led by volunteers, the Red
Cross offers a broad array of vital services to our community in need.
You can help too – Volunteer your time, make a monetary donation, donate
blood, and/or take a CPR course. For more information on the programs
and services of the Red Cross and to learn how you can get involved,
visit www.njredcross.org or call 609-951-8550.
707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540-6311 . 609-951-8550 .
Hunterdon Branch: 349 Route 31 South, Suite 501, Flemington, NJ 08822 .
908-782-4121 . Fax: 908-782-2864