Stay safe, while staying at home

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Snow continued to pile up even as residents of central Illinois worked to clear a path to their homes. That’s why people and pets came out quickly or didn’t come out at all.

“Right now, we’re just staying indoors, hunkered down because of the weather. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday not sure yet,” Alyssa Purcell said.

She said she and her nine-year-old son were finding things to do.

“I just do chores, clean, read books, watch movies, stuff, life that. Whereas my son, he made legos, and coloring, and puzzles, and what not. So we have a lot to keep busy over the next few days,” she said.

Being snowy at home isn’t always fun and playful. The American Red Cross said that every year hundreds of people are injured or killed by cold weather. It’s not just about being in the elements or having accidents. People can also put themselves at risk when locked in their homes.

There are several things they said you should watch out for. For example, if you’re using a space heater, make sure it’s not near flammable materials or left alone.

If you are using a fireplace, these same rules apply. Also, make sure there is enough ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Have extra flashlights and batteries ready in case the power goes out, and be sure to keep your electronics fully charged.

They said they were ready for anything. They have a comprehensive list of things you should be prepared for before, during and after a winter storm like this. You can see this list on their website here.

Purcell said she felt like she was.

“I also have tons of blankets to keep us warm. So that’s one of the reasons, but right now we’re pretty comfortable. We are fine,” she said.

As snow continues to fall in the area, it can become heavy on power lines. Leading to a higher probability that people might lose power.

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