As temperatures continue to drop over the coming days, the Norwalk Fire Department and the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management urges families to take precautions to keep safe during this especially frigid weather. Cold weather often results in power outages, frozen pipes, fires and other life-threatening events when people use unsafe alternative heat sources and don’t take precautions against the cold.
- Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping 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. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Prevent frozen pipes — When the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature. Never thaw a frozen pipe or meter with an open flame; this could lead to a fire or cause a steam explosion.
- Give space heaters space- Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. Do not use stoves and ovens to heat your residence.
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors — Make sure alarms and CO detectors are working properly and replace batteries as necessary.
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter season and keep an emergency supply kit in your car.
For questions or for more information, including winter safety tips, please visit www.norwalkct.org.