LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The American Red Cross released professional safety tips to the public on Friday to beat biting temperatures and maybe save a life as the mercury continues to drop over the weekend.
According to a release from the American Red Cross, weather advisories are now in effect across Western and Central New York.
“Extreme cold can be dangerous but there steps you can take to prevent injuries and emergencies,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western and Central New York Region. “We urge everyone to follow these steps so they can have a safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day weekend.”
According to our news partner 13WHAM, Livingston County will see light snow late Friday night, with a low of -2 degrees. There will be snow showers Saturday, with a high of 2 and low of -5. Sunday will see morning snow showers, with a high of 12 and low of 5.
Temperatures are expected to pick back up to above freezing early next week. 13WHAM expects consistent snow showers early next week.
The Red Cross’ safety tips are:
Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will prevent losing body heat.
Know the signs of hypothermia, which include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
Avoid frozen pipes by running water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, make sure you have a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle which includes: shovel, blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, first aid kit, and extra batteries. Keep the gas tank full–a full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.