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Safety in Extreme Cold

Has the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory in your area?

Mittens are a better choice than gloves when it comes to keeping your hands warm in the freezing cold

Are you sick and tired of the cold? The most recent cold front sweeping the nation has been long-lasting and downright dangerous in some areas. Burst pipes and cold drafts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to subzero wind chill.

Here are some things you should be conscious of during extremely cold weather so you and your family stay safe.

  • Give space heaters proper clearance and never leave them unattended.
  • Double-check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Know the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid cotton clothing and dress in multiple, loose layers.
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves.
  • If you are shoveling snow or exerting yourself outdoors, take constant breaks.
  • If you travel, make sure you have at least a half a tank of gas and a three-day winter survival kit.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
  • Never operate a generator inside your home.
  • Have your chimney and gas furnace inspected and cleaned once a year.

If you suspect something is wrong with your gas furnace, give your local contractor a call and NEVER try to fix it yourself. Gas furnaces require the expertise of a skilled hand for troubleshooting maintenance and repair. There is no “DIY” in “HVAC.”

Do you use supplemental heat during extremely cold weather?

 

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