Somerville-Cold Weather Safety Tips & Winter Coat Drive

With a polar vortex over the Midwest and cold temperatures likely to hit New England throughout the winter, it’s a good time to brush up on some cold weather safety tips–and it’s a great time to donate winter coats, boots, and other warm clothes to our Winter Coat Drive.

Cold Weather Safety

Here are few things to keep in mind, especially in extremely cold weather:

Limit outdoor activities as much as possible and if you have to be outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing under your coat.
If you’re using space heaters, a fireplace, or wood stove for heat, follow all recommended safety precautions and have a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use an extension cord with a space heater.
Learn the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention, if needed.

Visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s website for more cold weather safety tips.

Winter Coat Drive
During February, our Health Dept., the Community Clothing Closet of the Somerville Public Schools, and 311 are teaming up to collect donations of new or gently used winter clothes for residents and students who need them. Urgent requests include: winter coats, pants, hats, gloves, socks, and boots for children (sizes 4T and up), teens, and adults. 
Drop off locations are open during normal business hours and include: 
  • Somerville City Hall (at the Welcome Desk), 
  • the Health & Human Services Dept. at 165 Broadway, 
  • the East Somerville Community School at 50 Cross St.
Thank your for helping to keep others warm!

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