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Residents Encouraged to Take Precautions as Cold Weather Approaches

The City of Norwalk  urges residents to take precautions to keep safe as temperatures and wind chills will drop following this weekend’s storm. The cold weather can increase the potential for frozen/burst pipes,  heating related accidents, fires and other cold weather impacts.  United Way/ Infoline 2-1-1 can be called for longer term emergency shelters and resources for financial assistance in Norwalk and across the region.

- Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Limit your exposure to the cold temperatures by not going outside unless necessary. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm. Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head. Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth. Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside. Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

- Prevent frozen pipes — When the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature. Never thaw a frozen pipe or meter with an open flame; this could lead to a fire or cause a steam explosion.

- Give space heaters space- Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. Do not use stoves and ovens to heat your residence.

- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors — Make sure alarms and CO detectors are working properly and replace batteries as necessary.

- Maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter season and keep an emergency supply kit in your car with flashlights, hand warmers, blankets and more.

- If you lose heat, take measures to trap existing warm air, and safely stay warm until heat returns.

- Contact your power company to report the outage. DO NOT ASSUME THEY KNOW.

- Do not run generators inside your home. Do not use grills, ovens or stoves as alternative heating sources.

- Insulate your home as much as possible. Hang blankets over windows and doorways and stay in a well-insulated room while power is out.

- Dress warmly. Wear hats, scarves, gloves, and layered clothing.

- If you have a working fireplace, use it for heat and light, but be sure to keep the damper open for ventilation.

- Eat. Food provides your body with needed energy to produce its own heat and drinking helps your body avoid dehydration.

- If the cold persists and your heat is not restored, call family, neighbors, or friends to see if you can stay with them.   

For additional resources for planning snow and extreme cold, visit www.norwalkct.org

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