As we move toward winter weather-like conditions predicted for our area this week and weekend, the safety of our residents is a top priority for the city. Citizens should be reminded to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Please remember the Five P’s of cold weather safety: Protect People, Plants, Pets, & Pipes, & Practice Fire Safety.
The following suggestions may be beneficial in the upcoming days:
1. Do not heat homes with gas stoves or ovens. Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
2.Use space heaters/electric heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Ensure that they are not near flammable materials and are in the right working conditions with adequate ventilation.
3. Keep heat sources at least three feet away from drapes, furniture, bedding, curtains, or blankets. Never cover your space heater. If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
4. Wrap outside pipes to prevent freezing of lines and take early preventive measures.
5. Do not travel in storm or icy conditions. If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.
6. Bring in pets and plants as temperatures lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit can cause hypothermia or frostbite.