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Did you know the risk of fires increase in the cold weather months? Home heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths, injuries and property damage. The Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office offers a few safety tips to help stay warm and safe.
With temperatures dropping below the freezing mark, it's also a good time to learn the best ways to keep you, your home, and even your pets and plants safe.
The American Red Cross reminds everyone that exposure to cold weather can cause injury or serious illness like frostbite or hypothermia.
Factors to consider include: working/living conditions, the amount of clothing you wear and even the amount of physical activity you put out during the cold weather. Even wind speed should be taken into account when braving the elements, as it can make the temperature colder than it actually is.
Try to limit your exposure if you must be outside during frigid temperatures. If you must be outside, remember these tips.
Once you've protected yourself from the cold, don't forget about your animals. Follow these tips from the ASPCA.
When it comes to cats remember:
When it comes to dogs the ASPCA warns:
To protect yourself, it's wise to protect your home and cars from the frigid temperatures as well.
Finally, don't forget to bring in those house plants! Nobody likes frozen flowers.