Tips to stay safe in frigid temperatures

Pedestrians bundled-up for cold weather in Casper, Wyo. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) With frigid temperatures in Tuesday’s forecast, it’s important to stay safe in the cold.

A common item used in freezing weather are space heaters. They can be effective in warming a room, but if used improperly, they can also be very dangerous. They are potential fire hazards.

Casper Fire-EMS firefighter Dane Andersen said it’s important to use one listed by a qualified testing laboratory.

Also, buy an automatic space heater, which turns off when knocked over.

Only plug them into wall sockets. Don’t use extension cords or power strips.

Don’t forget to turn space heaters off when leaving a room.

Andersen said it’s also important you keep them away from flammable objects.

“Keep that space heater about three feet away from anything that could be combustible. We’re talking curtains, furniture and event take into consideration children and pets,” he said.

Andersen also said they should not be stored under desks.

If you do go outside, it’s important you bundle up to avoid hypothermia.

Andersen said wear many layers and drink lots of water. It’s just as easy for the body to lose water in the cold as in the heat. However, the most important thing you can do is stay inside.

“If you don’t have to go out, maybe consider staying in for the day where you can stay in the heat, stay well hydrated and maybe wait to do any outdoor activity until the temperatures come up just a little bit,” Andersen said.

He also said follow the directions on the packet when using hand or foot warmers.