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Keep in Mind Safety Tips as Cold Weather Continues


As cold temperatures persist in the Ozarks, the American Red Cross is offering tips to stay safe.  Temperatures today will remain below 30, tonight they'll be around 11, and highs tomorrow are expected to stay just below freezing.

Some suggestions:  wear layers of lightweight clothing, and wear hats and gloves to prevent heat loss.

Remember pets—keep them indoors or, if they have to stay outside, make sure they have shelter and unfrozen water.

If you use a space heater, put it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable—like clothing and paper—at least three feet away.

Use a glass or metal fireplace screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs when using a fireplace.

When leaving the room or going to bed, turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out.

Keep the thermostat at the same temperature, day and night, and run water at a trickle to prevent frozen pipes.

Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

Click here to learn more about staying safe during cold weather.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.