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Mayor Segarra Urges Residents to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

(January 3, 2014) - Mayor Segarra urges residents to take all necessary precautions to prepare for the freezing temperatures over the next few days.

“Although the snow has passed, the temperatures will drop tonight to a level we haven’t seen in years,” said Mayor Segarra. “It’s important to be prepared, do what you can to stay warm and dry and whenever possible check on your neighbors. Our shelters will remain open for 24 hours as long as thetemperatures are below freezing.”

Here are some steps residents can take to prepare their homes:

  • Make sure that all cellar andhouse windows and doors are closed tightly.
  • If you did not turn off your exterior faucets turn them off now in the basement. That way if they did freeze when they thaw out the water will not flood the basement.
  • Find where your Main water shutoff is in the basement. That way if a pipe does burst you know where to turn off the water before it causes major damage. It should be near the water meter.
  • Open up the cabinets under the Bathroom and Kitchen sinks to allow some warm air to the pipes.
  • If you have older windows tape some clear plastic on the inside to lessen drafts.
  • If you have a thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature you may want to leave it at the normalhigher setting as your heating system may not be able to raise the room temperature back up when the exterior temperature is below 10 degrees and the wind is blowing.
  • If you are using electric space heaters be sure to keep them 3 – 5 feet away from anything that can catch fire-curtains, clothes, furniture, etc.
  • Follow the instructions for clearances and do not use extension cords unless they are allowed by the manufacturer and are the proper wire size.
  • Do not use any fuel burning heaters inside your house such as propane or kerosene heaters.
  • Be sure that your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors are working have fresh batteries and test them.
  • Check to be sure that snow or ice has not blocked any combustion air intakes or exhaust vents for your heating equipment.
  • Shovel a path so the Fuel Delivery person can get to the fuel fill pipes.
  • Shovel the sidewalk and around the Fire Hydrant if you have them on your property.
  • Be careful of ice hanging off roofs especially when you are knocking them off.
  • Do not forget about your pets thecold also affects them.
  • Do not warm your automobile up inside the garage. Move it outside to warm it and be sure the exhaust fumes are not blowing towards the house if possible.

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For Immediate Release: January 3, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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