Frigid temperatures are in the forecast this week. Here's what you need to know.

General Cold Safety Tips

Preparing Your Home

When arctic air hits, water freezes, and as it freezes, it expands, causing pipes to burst and possibly flood.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold. Here are some tips to help prevent frozen pipes before the temperatures plummet.

Fire Safety

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

Sheltering in Critical Weather

Find more information on critical weather conditions on the Homelessness Services page.

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