Staying safe in cold weather

By WEEK Producer

January 20, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM CDT

There are steps you can take to ensure safety in this cold weather.

Experts warn to give your vehicle a little extra attention- make sure you have a good set of tires and a full tank of gas before venturing outdoors.

 

Pets and their water bowls need to be closely monitored as the temperatures drop.

At zero degrees, water will freeze in less than five minutes.

Also, make sure you're prepared to handle the weather.

 

"We're telling people - a lot of layers," said Erin Miller, a local Red Cross spokesperson. "Make sure they've got they're mouth covered, gloves, a coat on. All these different things, if you plan to venture outside. Of course, it's best to stay inside if it's cold. But if you lose power, you want to make sure you have your disaster kit prepared and can easily be accessed."

For a list of what to include in your disaster kit and more cold weather tips, head to our website.