Top 10 ways to protect yourself, family from extreme cold

INDIANAPOLIS - Here are 10 ways to cope with the extreme cold in Indiana.

No. 10: Plan ahead by putting together a survival kit for your home. The kit should include food that doesn't need to be cooked or refrigerated, water stored in clean containers and any medicine you or a family member would need.

No. 9: Make sure to have a supply of candles, flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage. Also, make sure to recharge devices ahead of a cold outbreak.

No. 8: Equip your car with a supply of blankets, a first aid kit, windshield scraper, booster cables etc.

No. 7: Keep your home thermostat at the same temperature. This will help keep your pipes from bursting.

No. 6: Bring any pets indoors.

No. 5: Place any space heater on a level, hard surface and keep flammable items at least three feet away.

No. 4: Wear layers of lightweight clothing. Gloves and a hat will help keep your body heat in.

No. 3: Never connect a generator to a home's wiring. Connect the equipment you want to power directly to the generator instead.

No. 2: Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home.

No. 1: Protect your water pipes by running water at a trickle. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to be around the plumbing and keep garage doors closed.

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