How to Protect Yourself From the Extreme Cold
As New Jersey is in the midst of a stretch of bitter cold temperatures, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your home from the frigid temperatures.
The Red Cross is a great resource for tips on how best to bet the cold. Here are some quick and helpful hints on how to stay warm.
- Never use your stove or oven to heat the house
- If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
- Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
For those that have to be outdoors:
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.
- Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
- Don’t forget your pets – bring them indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.