(CBS4) — The “Four P’s” of cold weather safety:

Protect People: Pay careful attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold and the least able to protect themselves. Dress in layers and wear a hat that covers your ears.

Protect Plants: Bring potted plants indoors. Keep outdoor plants and trees watered.

Protect Pets: Bring all pets indoors. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with the entrance facing away from the wind.

Protect Against Fires In The Home: Take the time to prepare and inspect heating equipment before using. According to the National Fire Protection Association, incorrect use of heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires. Space heaters and candles should be kept away from curtains and furniture and out of the reach of small children and pets. Charcoal or other fuel-burning devices that produce carbon monoxide should never be used indoors. Officials also recommend the use of carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home. Also, avoid using an extension cord with space heaters.

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