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As winter storm moves into Arkansas, the American Red Cross offers some helpful safety tips



Little Rock, Arkansas – A winter storm is expected to move into the state of Arkansas on Tuesday, so the American Red Cross of Arkansas is providing some safety tips for dealing with cold weather.

The winter storm will continue to bring snow and cold rain into Tuesday night, and it is anticipated that the central part of Arkansas will receive at least an inch of snow.

Officials from the Red Cross advise individuals to take precautions for their own safety by remaining indoors and dressing in warm clothing. The appropriate amount of bottled water, non-perishable food items, and any other supplies may be required in the event that the power goes out, so it is recommended by the authorities that residents put together an emergency kit.

If you have to go outside in wintry weather, it is important to protect yourself by dressing in layers, keeping your mouth covered, and keeping yourself as dry as possible.

If you are going to be traveling, the authorities advise keeping your gas tank full in case you get stuck in traffic or have to take an alternate route. It is helpful to have things like a windshield scraper, blankets, coats, medications, and other things in your vehicle for safety reasons. Sand or litter for cats, according to the officials, can help improve traction on slippery surfaces.

A lot of people rely on space heaters to keep warm during the winter, but there are some things you should know to keep yourself safe around them. Officials recommend maintaining a distance of at least three feet between space heaters and anything that could catch fire. In order to prevent fires, turn off any portable space heaters that are left unattended.

Officials recommend leaving cabinet doors open and allowing a slow drip of water from the faucet to prevent the pipes from freezing. If you are going to be gone during the cold weather, the authorities recommend that you set your thermostat to no less than 55 degrees before you leave.

When the temperature outside is low, it is best to keep pets inside where they have access to appropriate shelter, food, and water.

As Wednesday progresses, temperatures are expected to rise, which may reduce the amount of snowfall in certain parts of the state.

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