Tips to Keep Yourself, Home, Car, Pet Safe in the Cold – NBC10 Philadelphia


The coldest weather we’ve felt in the Philadelphia area in at least a couple of years is happening this week.

NBC10’s First Warning Weather Team issued its First Warning of a catastrophic outburst and cold winds that could have a temporary 0 to 15 feel across the entire Philadelphia area Tuesday through Wednesday morning. Even at Tuesday’s peak, it will struggle to feel like 10, due to wind chill.

We are not used to this cold weather anymore.

“This is the coldest weather in quite a while,” said meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

Read on for some tips to help you deal with this dangerously cold weather at home, in your car, or when caring for your pet:

Coping with the cold around your home

  1. Stay indoors if possible. If you must be outdoors, officials ask that you dress warmly and wear layered clothing with at least one layer of insulation. Wear a warm hat, gloves, and a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
  2. Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shaking, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness, and frostbite, including gray, white, or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and a waxy-feeling skin.
  3. There is safe emergency heating in the house, as well as a flashlight, a portable radio, and three days’ worth of food in the event of a power outage.
  4. To prevent pipes from freezing, State Farm recommends leaving hot and cold faucets dripping overnight and leaving cabinet doors open to let heat transfer into uninsulated pipes under sinks on the exterior wall.
  5. Pamela Mooring, a spokeswoman for DC Water, recommends finding a shut-off valve in your home before an emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe breaks.
  6. Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use indoor valves to close and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  7. If you are away for a long time, make sure to maintain the proper temperature in your home no lower than 55 degrees.
  8. Do not place space heaters within three feet of anything flammable.
  9. Go ahead and program your local utility’s contact information into your cell phone now, before you need them.

    Important Utility Numbers for the Philadelphia Area

    PECO: 1-800-841-4141
    PSE & WOOD: 1-800-436-7734
    PP&L: 1-800-342-5775
    Atlantic City Electricity: 1-800-833-7476
    Delmarva Power: 1-800-375-7117

Here’s what to wear in case you have to go out in extreme cold.

Keep your car safe, run well

  1. If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail when the temperature drops, according to AAA. Never attempt to charge or start a frozen battery, as it may break or explode.
  2. Never start the vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Smoke can make you sick.
  3. Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  4. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid freezing of the air passages.
  5. If possible, avoid using the handbrake in cold, rainy, and snowy weather.
  6. Cold weather can contribute to damage to your windshield wipers. Tongue wear forms streaks and impairs vision, which is important during the winter months. AAA said Wiper blades should be replaced at least annually.
  7. Keep your washing machine liquid full of winter formula liquid so it doesn’t freeze. Many fluids in your car should be checked once a month.

Keep your pet(s) safe

  1. Keep your pets indoors. Dogs and cats left outside could freeze to death, get injured, or get lost.
  2. If there are cats outdoors in your area, bang on the hood before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
  3. Recommended by ASPCA Wipe your dog’s feet, paws, and belly when they come in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze, and other chemicals by licking their paws.
  4. Never leave your pet unattended in a car.

With cold weather hitting much of the country, here are some tips to keep your furry little ones safe and happy this winter. Tips to Keep Yourself, Home, Car, Pet Safe in the Cold – NBC10 Philadelphia


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