Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside, it’s warm, delightful. And since it doesn’t snow, it’s gettin’ cold, gettin’ cold, gettin’ cold.
That’s right, it’s about to get rainy and cold this week, and with the dip in temperatures, we wanted to send out some reminders on how to keep your family and your pets safe!
For us humans, don’t forget to layer up, and that doesn’t mean just putting on a jacket! Gloves and hats will help keep your body warm too. If you are using a space heater, have it sitting level on the floor, and keep it at least three feet away from things like curtains, bedding or clothing. And, as much as you might not want to, turn those space heaters off when you go to bed or leave a room!
If you use a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen to make sure sparks and logs stay in the fireplace! And, when you are done using your fireplace, make sure the embers are out.
When you are out on the road, know that streets can be slick. Slow down, turn on your headlights, and drive safely. Allow extra time to get where you need to go – it’s never worth it to speed, even if you are running late. Also, have an emergency kit in your car, including a flashlight, an extra blanket and jumper cables. Have your tires checked to make sure they will have good traction on the road, and, if you need it, have your tires rotated!
For your furry friends, first and foremost, bring them indoors! They are just as susceptible to cold weather conditions as you are. If it is wet out, make sure you wipe your pet’s feet and stomach when they come inside – believe it or not, animals can get colds too.
Does the pup look like they could use a haircut? Hold off until spring. A longer coat will actually help provide some warmth. When you head outside with your pet, provide some kind of covering to help keep them insulated – even if that means getting them a sweater to wear! Also, never leave your dog alone in the car during cold weather. Cars can attract cold temperatures, which in turn can harm your pet.
If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.
Stay safe (and warm), Mountain View!