According to forecasters, there is a Hazardous Weather Alert for our area. The reason for this frigid air is a disruption of the polar vortex. Real feel temperatures with wind child could be below zero on Friday January 29, 2021. This cold air will also make conditions right for a storm which is setting up for early next week. As always, if you have elderly or disabled neighbors and/or family members, it doesn’t hurt to give them a call and check on them.
Freezing cold temperatures can cause a number of problems for residents. Please find some tips below!
1 – Layer up your clothing – Gloves and hats are ideal as they help prevent loosing body heat. Do not go outside for longer then you need. These temperatures are dangerous.
If you do have to go outside, please follow these tips from the CDC:
- Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body quickly.
- Layer Clothing – Gloves and hats are ideal as they help prevent you from loosing body heat:. Inner Layer: Wear fabrics that will hold more body heat and don’t absorb moisture. Wool, silk, or polypropylene will hold more body heat than cotton. Insulation Layer: An insulation layer will help you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Natural fibers, like wool, goose down, or a fleece work best.. Outer Layer: The outermost layer helps protect you from wind, rain, and snow. It should be tightly woven, and preferably water and wind resistant, to reduce loss of body heat.
- Excess sweating will cause your body to lose more heat, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
- Avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. Getting these materials on your skin will cause your body to lose a lot more heat.
- Do not ignore shivering—it’s an important first sign that your body is losing heat. Constant shivering is a sign that it is time to go inside.
2 – Protect your pipes by running water even at a trickle to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
3 – Keep you thermostat at the same temperature day and night to avoid issues with pipes freezing.
4 – NEVER use an oven to heat your house.
5 – If you must use a generator, make sure it is OUTSIDE ONLY, away from the house.
6 – Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
If you have to be on the road, please follow the below Winter Driving Tips!
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