With the National Weather Service predicting low temperatures in the negative numbers over the next couple days in Bozeman, it’s a good time to consider some steps we can take to stay warm and safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest these tips for staying warm indoors while still being safe:

-       Use fireplaces, wood stoves or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.

-       Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home.

-       Keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

-       Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.

-       Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously when temperatures drop below freezing.

-       Eat well-balanced meals to help you stay warmer.

-       Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.

-       Never use a generator inside the house, in the basement, in the garage or near a window.

-       Never leave lit candles unattended.

The CDC elaborates on these suggestions on its website.