Here in Southeast Texas, we all know that the weather is unpredictable. This past Christmas was one of the warmest on record and now that we are into January, it still feels warm out. But this weekend we are supposed to get some colder weather. That means conditions Southeast Texans may not be accustomed to.
So consider some of these safety tips:
Wearing layers is a great way to prepare for unexpected temperatures in our area. Wear several layers of lightweight fabrics to keep warm when you’re outside and then allows for you to shed some of those layers when you’re inside. Scarves, gloves and hats can make a big difference!
If you have animals, bring them indoors at night, if you can. If you are unable to bring them into your home, make sure they have a shelter place to keep them warm and dry.
If you are using space heaters, be aware of what is around it. Place it on a level, hard surface and make sure to keep flammables at least three feet away - items such as rugs, curtains, bedding, and paper. And make sure you turn space heaters off before you leave the room or go to sleep.
If you are using a fireplace, be sure to use an appropriate screen to catch sparks or rolling logs. Embers should be out before you go to bed or leave the house. Do not leave a fireplace unattended.
Take some time to protect pipes from freezing. Consider keeping the thermostat at the same temperature day and night, which can help avoid frozen pipes.
Make it a safe day!