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Winter safety tips from Red Cross

MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

As the cold air of December moves in and the potential for snow and ice arrives, it's time to start preparing for winter.

The American Red Cross has a few safety tips for you.

When it's snowing or freezing rain is falling, it's best to stay off the roads. However, that's not always possible.

The Red Cross suggests: making sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes, and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk; pack high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, and blankets; fill the vehicle's gas tank and; before you leave the house, let someone know where you are going, what route you plan to take, and when you expect to arrive.

If you're at home and the power goes out, the Red Cross advises you to: never use a stove or oven to heat your home; put space heaters on level, hard surfaces; keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to preserve food and; don't use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside your home or any partially enclosed areas.

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