Safety tips for cold weather
With temperatures plummeting to near zero the next few days in Greater Nashua, safety in these bitter-cold conditions must be top of mind.
Factoring in wind chill, temperatures will hover around the negative 5- to 10-degree below zero mark at night, making any long exposure to the elements dangerous.
Weather.gov offers these safety tips for when temperatures hit single digits and below:
• Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
• Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
• Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
• Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
• Bring pets inside.
• Provide shelter and fresh water.
• Keep salt away from paws.
• Check you battery.
• Check your fluids (coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc.).
• Check your tires.
• Have jumper cables.
• Pack a blanket.
To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:
• Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.
• Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an outer wall.
• Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
• If you plan to be away, have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still on.