Freezing temperatures blanket the Lowcountry

SUMMERVILLE, SC – As temperatures dropped throughout the evening, News 2 was in Summerville getting a feel for the freeze, and seeing how people were preparing for it.

A fresh winter breeze chilled the skin of Natasha Williams Monday night.

“It’s freezing! I’m from New York so I’m used to the cold; but for South Carolina this is very cold, extra cold. I need my gloves and a hat!”

With temperatures dropping below freezing for the first time this fall, people across the Lowcountry saw the first signs of winter’s wind.

“We realized real quickly that we needed some firewood,” explained Mark Haight of Summerville. Haight told News 2 he spent $90 on a truck load of wood from Big Head Chuck’s Tree Service and Firewood of Charleston.

While some people were buying wood to heat their homes, others were buying Christmas trees from K&M Produce and Christmas Trees of Summerville. But fire officials want to warn our viewers to stay safe once you have one of these trees in your house.

Danny Sandy was working at K&M Monday night and said, “At the end of the day, you just got to treat it like a real tree. It does get hot, there is sap and sap will catch on fire. So just be careful with the lights and keep it away from open flames of the fireplace and things like that.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the winter holiday season is also the #1 fire season and heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

Nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January, and February.

Most fires and injuries are preventable by taking precautions that can make the difference between a happy & safe holiday versus a holiday tragedy.

For more safety tips on heating your home for the first time this year, click here.

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