Cold Weather Safety Tips

Bitter cold temperatures are expected mid-late week, January 30 – 31.  Here are some tips to keep you warm and safe, both inside and out:

When you are outside:
  1. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
  2. Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
  3. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  4. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:
  1. Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.
  2. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an
    outer wall.
  3. Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
  4. If you plan to be away: (1) Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still
    on to prevent freezing, or (2) drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler
    systems).
If Pipes Freeze:
  1. Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst.
  2. NEVER try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Use a hair dryer instead.
  3. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

For More information please see:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml