Cold Temperature Tips for the NoBo Region

MASSACHUSETTS – Despite unseasonably mild temperatures, true New Englanders know that the weather can change in an instant. With help from the Everett Board of Health, here’s a list of helpful hints to keep in mind as cold temperatures begin to hit the region.

  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing.

  • Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities.  Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

  • The elderly, very young, and smaller pets should minimize outside activities during extreme fluctuations in temperatures.

  • Create a well-stocked Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and a manual can opener.

  • Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen.If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.

  • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.

  • Be extra wary about use of space heaters and other alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, as they present a fire risk. Take all necessary safety precautions.

  • As it is the start of the year, test all smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors, and replace their batteries. It doesn’t matter when you changed them last. Do this at the start of every year to ensure proper function.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly.

  • Be a good neighbor. Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors to ensure their safety and preparedness.

  • Learn how to shut off your water in case of an emergency where a pipe bursts.

  • 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, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

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