Staying Warm in Texas

Texans are in the deep freeze, experiencing temperatures lower than some of us have ever felt in our lives and more snow than we’ve seen in decades.

To make matters worse, power outages are rolling across the state as power grids try to keep up with the demand for heat.

So how do you stay warm in freezing weather if your electricity goes out?
  • If you’ve got a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, this is the time to use it.
  • Close off rooms that you aren’t using.
  • Put on layers of clothes. Air gets trapped between the layers and keeps you warmer than one big coat.
  • Put on gloves and put hand warmers in your gloves.
  • Close your blinds, hang blankets, or plastic sheeting over your windows.
  • Have the family stay in one room. Their body heat will help to keep it warm.
  • Light candles for heat, but make sure they’re in spot where they can be knocked over
  • Stuff towels under doors and at the bottom of windows to block the cold.
  • Pile on the blankets.
  • Drink something warm.
  • Do some jumping jacks.
  • Crawl into your sleeping bag.
  • Set up your tent and crawl inside.
  • If you have a camp stove, set it up and start cooking.
  • Eat something. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

If you can’t get warm or you have vulnerable people in your house (small children, older people, or people with medical issues), find a warming center in your community. If you don’t have a way to get there or you’re afraid to drive, call your police’s non-emergency number and tell them you need help.

Stay safe!

By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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