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Advice On Keeping Warm In A Home With No Heat [AUDIO]

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For some residents suffering a long-term power outage without heat, the situation is now complicated by the latest storm bringing with it freezing temperatures.

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Red Cross spokeswoman Gwen Eamer says there are two issues with braving it at home without heat; having enough warm clothing and blankets to keep warm, and knowing when to leave before hypothermia sets in.

She adds, “There is something that people often don’t think about of also having some of these items in their cars with them. If you become stranded, you want something like a sleeping bag, you want extra clothing with you, just in case that happens.”

Eamer says if you use a kerosene heater to keep warm, keep it away from flammable furnishings and vent it properly. Place the heater on a level, hard and non-flammable surface.

  •  Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  •  Keep children and pets away from space heaters.

And again, if its too cold, know where to go for alternative shelter.

More advice from the Red Cross: eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

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