Extreme Cold Safety Tips MEMA

We ask residents to review these extreme cold safety tips and check on neighbors or family members who may need assistance preparing for the cold.


During extreme cold

* Try to minimize time outside, even for pets.
* If you do need to go outside dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing . Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
* Follow all safety precautions if using space heaters and DO NOT use a stove or oven as a heat source.
* Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered in plastic to prevent them from freezing. Let a trickle of warm water run from a faucet to keep water moving through your pipes.
* If your pipes freeze, remove any insulation, pour hot water over them or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, and completely open all faucets. You can also use a hair dryer, with caution, to thaw pipes. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.
* Check on neighbors and family, especially the elderly and infirmed.
* Watch for signs of cold-related health concerns like frostbite and hypothermia and call 911 immediately for any emergencies.


You can find more information on staying safe during extreme cold at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/cold/.

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