Curtains in the windows can help keep the cold air from coming in, but if the window is facing the sun, the curtains should be left open so the sun can come into the house, he said.
Asay said don’t use propane or kerosene heaters in the home.
“Not only do these types of heaters produce a lot of carbon monoxide that could prove dangerous, even fatal if the gas isn’t vented out of the home, but they also have the potential of spilling, which could cause an unwanted fire in the home,” Asay said.
The use of a gas or wood burning fireplace is a good alternative, he said, but there are a few precautions to take, including opening the flue and burning safe materials.
Though using an oven to heat a home is not encouraged, “if you’re in the kitchen and you don’t have power and your oven works and you’re baking cookies or something, that’s a good way to heat the room that you’re in,” Asay said.
If it’s still cold inside the house, wearing layers of clothing is recommended, as well as wearing a hat, since a large amount of body heat is lost through our heads.
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