The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is reminding Connecticut to keep pets indoors and never use an oven for heating purposes. These are just two of the state agency\u2019s tips for extreme cold and winter storms. Connecticut is expected to get hit by a major snowfall tonight, dropping up to 10 inches of snow on the southwestern part of the state. Then on late Friday into early Saturdays, temperatures are predicted to go below-zero in the region. Here are the cold weather and winter storm recommendations by the state agency: \u2014 Take all pets indoors. \u2014 Never use your oven for heat. \u2014 Never bring charcoal or gas grills indoors (they are a carbon monoxide hazard). \u2014 Use electric space heaters with extreme care; avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials, and turn them off before going to bed. \u2014 Make sure all portable heat-producing appliances are unplugged when not in use (irons, hair devices, etc.). \u2014 Use candles only as a last resort, and never leave candles unattended. \u2014 Keep dryer vents clear of snow and ice. \u2014 Check to make sure you have enough heating oil to get through the storm. \u2014 Keep heat at adequate levels or leave faucets open with a slight drip to prevent pipes from freezing. \u2014 Locate the main water shut-off valve in your home and mark it for quick identification. Learn how to turn it off, and educate others in your household. If a water pipe bursts, shutting your home\u2019s main valve quickly will minimize flooding and property damage. \u2014 Leave kitchen cabinet doors open if pipes are subject to freezing. This will allow heat to reach the pipes. \u2014 Don\u2019t use an open flame to thaw pipes. If your pipes do freeze, use a hair dryer or rags soaked in hot water to thaw lines. \u2014 Insulate pipes in unheated spaces like garages, basements, and crawl spaces. This will help prevent frozen pipes, avoiding property damage and the costs of repairs. Additionally, insulating hot water pipes will decrease your wait time for warm water. \u2014 Protect your water meter from icy drafts and freezing temperatures. Most frozen meters are caused by drafts from an open basement door or window. \u2014 Double check your property for drafts as the cold weather sets in. Seal openings in the basement foundation wall where cold air may enter. Stuff holes with insulation and fix broken window panes. A tiny opening may cause exposed pipe or the meter to freeze.