Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter!

Here are some cold weather safety tips to keep you safe through these additional weeks of winter:

  • Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent you from losing body heat.
  • Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring your pets indoors.
  • Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, or rugs.
  • Requires Supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
  • The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  • Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Safety Tips Provided by American Red Cross (www.redcross.org)

History of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was first celebrated in 1887 Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Each year, thousands of people gather to see if Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, will see his shadow. Records dating back to 1887 show that Phil has now predicted longer winters 103 times, while forecasting an early spring just 18 times – including last year!