Officials Urge Floridians to Practice Cold Weather Safety

Cold Weather
Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-22 11:21:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - State officials are asking Floridians to keep fire and cold weather safety best practices in mind as temperatures continue to drop in the area.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management says bitter wind chills are expected in the state through Saturday, and they're reminding everyone to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.
  • Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles. Keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Indoors: Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide. Install at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in your home.
  • Outdoors: Stay dry and in wind-protected areas.  Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.
  • Drink non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Shelter or bring inside animals, especially pets.

State Meteorologist Amy Godsey says the extended period of cold temperatures can pose a threat property and lives, if proper precautions are not taken.  "We encourage all Floridians to practice cold weather safety, and to protect themselves and their property from risks posed by portable heating sources, and open burning," said Godsey.