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Winter Tips to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe

A fast-moving winter weather system is racing across the country, carrying gusty winds and snow

Kids in Snow in Boston
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Brutally cold temperatures and snow are plaguing much of the country.

Some stay-warm reminders from experts include:

  • Dressing in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing
  • If you lose heat in your home, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover your windows with extra blankets or sheets
  • To keep your pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers. Also, allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet in your home
  • If your pipes do freeze, remove insulation, open all faucets, and pour hot water over them

During this time of year, it is a good idea to check on the elderly and disabled folks in your community. Also, please remember to bring your pets indoors.

Heating is the number two cause of home fires in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Fire Department. To keep your family safe, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure there are working smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Have your chimney, furnace and hot water heater professional checked and cleaned yearly
  • Don't use space heaters as your number one heating source
  • Don't use the gas stove or oven for heat

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