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Posted on: February 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Cold Weather Advisory

February 11, 2016

The National Weather Service is predicting bitterly cold temperatures to occur this weekend with wind chills likely to reach wind chill advisory criteria. (-15 to -24) There is a moderate probability that wind chills may even reach wind chill warning criteria (-25 or below). Record temperatures may be achieved please take the necessary precautions to prepare for this weather.

In the event of an emergency call 911; if you lose heat and need information regarding a shelter or warming center please call the Emergency Management line @ (781) 749-2424

Here are some cold weather safety tips from MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency)

• When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.

• If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.

• Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

• Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.

• To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.

• If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.

• Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshield scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

Deputy Chief Murphy
Deputy Emergency Management Director

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