COLD WEATHER ADVISORY

12/16 & 12/7 2016
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COLD WEATHER ADVISORY

 

 Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10° and -5° and wind chill values expected to be cold as -15° to -25° across the interior and -5° to -15° near the coast. While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.

 

Residents  are urged to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers. Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme cold.

 

exposure to the cold can lead to serious health issues including frostbite and in extreme cases, hypothermia. Therefore, residents are urged  to minimize outside activities during the extreme cold and to follow these safety tips: 

 

  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia
  • Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities
  • hypothermia causes uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. 
  • Have well-stocked Emergency Kits that includes a flashlight, sleeping bag or blanket, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
  • Keep a similar kit in your car that additionally has a can, waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods
  • Make sure your car is properly winterized.  Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  And ensure that a windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope, and jumper cables are available in  the trunk
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors,
  • Limit outdoor time for your pets. Freezing temperatures are dangerous to animals as well as humans. 
  • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered with plastic to keep them from freezing. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. 
  • Although temperatures may be cold, bodies of water covered in ice are likely unsafe given recent temperature fluctuations. Residents are urged to stay off frozen bodies of water until ice is at least 4” thick.

 

Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take necessary safety precautions:

  •         Keep a fire extinguisher handy and ensure everyone knows how to use it properly.
  •         Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven or charcoal barbecue grill.
  •         Make sure all heating devices are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Make sure you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately, get the victim to fresh air, and open windows.
  •         Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters.

 

If you need information on the location of open warming centers or shelters check with local authorities or call 2-1-1.