Sub-zero temperatures persist in most areas of Vermont and the National Weather Service expects condition to continue. The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security offer the following safety tips compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Ready.gov:
- Avoid frostbite and hypothermia – dress warmly and stay dry.
- Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens.
- If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly.
- Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if possible.
- If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.
For your home
- Ensure that you have a plentiful supply of heating fuel. . Call your fuel supplier or 2-1-1 for emergency information on fuel deliveries if needed.
- Use proper home heating fuel. The proper grade and type of fuel must always be used for heating systems. Also, lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, and other fuels must NEVER be used to start a heating or any other fire.
- Carbon Monoxide/fire risks. CO is odorless, tasteless, and can be deadly. CO detectors should be installed on every level of the home. If alarms sound, take appropriate action and contact local emergency responders to investigate the problem – never ignore an alarm. Be sure to clear snow from any heating vents.
- Be sure your home is winterized and pipes insulated.
- Know how to shut water valves off, in case a pipe does freeze and burst. If pipes are frozen, try a hairdryer to thaw them. Never use a torch.
If you lose heat or power, seek shelter at a warm place. Call 2-1-1 for options if you are in need.