Extreme Cold Safety Tips provided by the National Weather Service :
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!