Extreme Cold Safety Tips provided by the National Weather Service :

Minimize travel.

Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold. If you go outside, dress in layers of loose-fitting warm clothing. Wear a hat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold. Wear gloves or mittens.

Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel:

  • Jumper cables: flares or reflective triangle are great extras
  • Flashlights: Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras
  • First Aid Kit: Also check your purse of bag for essential medications
  • Baby, special needs gear: If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food
  • Food: Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Water: Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Basic toolkit: Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Cat litter or sand: For better tire traction
  • Shovel: To dig out snow
  • Ice scraper: Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
  • Clothes: Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • Warmers: Pack extra for body, hands, feet
  • Blankets or sleeping bags: If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you’ll be glad to have it.
  • Charged Cell Phone: Keep a spare charger in your car as well

To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:

Let water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.

Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to circulate under a sink.

Know how to shut off water valves if your pipes freeze.

Bring your pets indoors.

Stay warm & be safe!

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