Prepare For Cold Weather

With cold weather now here, and a cold Saturday in store, there are some important things you can do to keep safe and warm.

We know it's been quite some time since we've seen cold conditions like this, so we want to offer some tips on how to keep you and your family safe.

Experts say as cold weather comes, don’t forget the 5 Ps of cold weather preparedness:

-Protect People
-Protect Pets
-Protect Plants
-Protect Exposed Pipes
-Practice Fire Safety

Here’s some ways you can do just that:

-Make sure to dress warm; wear layers and keep your head covered. Remember that wind makes it feel even colder outside.

-With a freezing warning in effect tonight, it’s time to keep your pets inside and bring in any plants you don’t want to lose.

-If you haven’t already, make sure you drain your sprinkler manifolds so they don’t freeze.

-If you use space heaters, make sure it’s three feet away from anything flammable; and don’t leave fire places unattended.

If you plan on hitting the road for the three-day weekend, and are on the roads tonight through Saturday night, remember to drive slow and pay attention.

Especially as the freezing temperatures set in, the wet roads we are seeing from the drizzle could easily turn icy. Stay alert especially on bridges and overpasses.

Tips for staying 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.
Tips for Extreme Cold Prevention from the CDC:

The Five P’s of Cold Weather Preparedness:

Tips to protect your pets in cold weather:

Tips to Prepare your vehicle for cold weather: (From Allstate Insurance Co.)

-Be sure to get your engine checked out if you are experiencing hard starts, stalls or other problems.
-Windshield wiper blades that are not making full contact with the window, or that are cracked and dried out, should be replaced. Also, be sure to keep extra windshield washer fluid and an ice scraper in your car.
-Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, flares, water and a flashlight.
-Examine your tires for tread life and uneven wearing. Also, be sure tires are properly inflated. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.
-Be sure the heater and defroster in your car are working properly to ensure passenger comfort and driver visibility.
-The cooling system should be flushed every two years with a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water. Have the level, condition and concentration of the antifreeze mixture checked periodically.
-Have your mechanic check your battery fluid levels, battery posts and cable connectors. Bad connections can keep your car from starting.
-Brakes should be checked as recommended, but if you are noticing pulsations, noises or longer stopping distances, get a mechanic to look at them right away.
-Make sure all lights and bulbs are in proper working order and replace any burned-out bulbs.