HOUSTON - More than 3.6 million Texans are without power Tuesday morning due to the winter storm impacting the state.
HOW TO STAY WARM DURING A POWER OUTAGE
Close blinds or curtains to keep in some heat.
Close off rooms to avoid wasting heat.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
Eat and drink. Food provides energy to warm the body. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Stuff towels or rags in cracks under the doors.
Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING A POWER OUTAGE
Fully charge cell phones and other devices in advance.
Have additional battery packs.
Use battery-powered radio.
Use flashlights instead of candles. If you do use candles, never leave lit candles unattended.
Keep portable generators outside. Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
Consider relocating family to a common room.
Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent and in a space where rain and snow will not reach them.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector.
Never use generators, gas or charcoal grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside your home, in basements, in garages, or near windows. The fumes are deadly.
If you come across downed power lines, do not approach and do not attempt to cross them.