Protect Home, Family In The Cold

HUDSON VALLEY, NY – You may have thought you winterized your home, but when it gets this cold there may be more work to do to protect yourself and your property.

The people at SUEZ have tips on how to make pipes.

“Given the predicted cold air approaching our area that we have not seen for several years and for the rest of the winter, it is critical to take steps to prevent freezing of water meters, pipes, plumbers and appliances” said Chris Graziano, SUEZ Vice President and General Manager.

  • If your pipes freeze, it’s important to clear any clogs as soon as possible to minimize damage. It is best to call a licensed plumber.
  • If a water pipe has burst, turn off the water at the main stopcock in the house.
  • Slightly open a nearby faucet to allow the pipe to drain while thawing.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas with standing water.
  • Never use hot water or a blowtorch on a frozen pipe or water meter.

The Red Cross offers further tips:

At home

  • If you’ve already caulked doors and window sills and made them weatherproof: Next, try covering the coldest windows with plastic on the inside to create an extra layer of insulation.
  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night. Temporarily suspending use of lower nighttime temperatures can pay higher heating bills, but you can prevent a much more costly repair if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Open the doors of kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (Be sure to keep all harmful detergents and household chemicals out of the reach of children.)
  • Make sure you have enough heating oil on hand.
  • Never use a stove, oven, grill, etc. to heat your home.
  • Place space heaters on flat, hard surfaces at least three feet away from flammable objects. Never leave them unattended.
  • Portable generators pose a serious hazard if improperly used. They should be installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Never connect a generator to a wall unit, use it indoors, or place it outdoors near open windows or vents.
  • Have emergency equipment at home – portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, candles, charged electronics chargers.
  • Keep pets warm. Check out your neighbors, friends, and family.

Outside

  • Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Stay dry. Change wet clothes frequently to avoid loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses much of its insulation value and quickly conducts heat away from the body.

In the car

  • Keep your vehicle’s petrol tank full so that in an emergency you can drive off immediately and the fuel line does not freeze.
  • Keep in your vehicle: An emergency kit, including warm clothing; a disc scraper and a small broom. Matches in a waterproof container. A colored (preferably red) cloth to tie.

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