Extreme Cold and Winter Storm Tips

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With the temperatures dropping into the single digits and a snowstorm threatening the area, I thought I would share some great extreme cold and winter tips provided by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

  • Minimize outdoor activities, especially for the elderly and very young. Also consider your pets
  • Dress in several layers of loose fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear a hat, mittens (rather than gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect extremities. Cover mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • If electricity is lost, a snow bank in your yard can become a makeshift freezer.
  • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap in insulation, or layers of newspaper, covering newspaper with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run faucet that is farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This helps keep water moving so that it cannot freeze.
  • As always be a good neighbor and check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety.
  • If you do have to go out  in the storm, make sure exhaust vents are cleared before warming up your car to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.