This is a good time for kids to catch up on any homework that they may not have finished, or catch up on a little extra sleep before bundling up and heading out the door.
Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road announced that Thursday’s morning Minyan service has been canceled due to the predicted bitter cold and sub-zero wind-chill, along with residual ice that could put members in danger.
They ask that everyone stay warm and safe.
Tonight, after coming home from a full day’s work at their paying jobs, our Orange volunteer firefighters will be out in the freezing cold on Hydrant Detail.
They’ll be shoveling out the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhoods that are covered in snow and ice.
The firefighters know all too well how long it takes to clear a hydrant, and how precious those extra minutes are when they have to get to a home for a fire emergency.
If YOU have a hydrant near your home, PLEASE shovel it out.
UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE: UIL) and its operating companies urge customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that’s forecast this week for Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The risk of fire, carbon monoxide exposure and other hazards can increase as residents seek to stay warm during the extreme cold, said James P. Torgerson, president and chief executive officer of UIL Holdings, corporate parent of The United Illuminating Company, The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company.
“As this extreme cold weather sets in, we encourage our customers to take a look around their homes and make sure they’re able to keep themselves and their families warm in the days ahead, and to identify any potential safety risks that need to be addressed,” Torgerson said.
Here are some safety tips for the extreme cold.
If you are unable to keep your home heated safely and comfortably, call Infoline at 211 in Connecticut or Massachusetts for resources that can help you and your family. When exposed to cold temperatures, wear warm clothing in order to avoid hypothermia. The elderly and infants are especially susceptible to hypothermia. Excessive shivering, drowsiness, speech difficulties, irregular heartbeat and unconsciousness are all signs of hypothermia. If someone in your household exhibits these traits, get medical attention immediately.
- For information about hypothermia, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/staysafe/hypothermia.asp
Stove and Range
The stove, range and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking, not heating. Please avoid using appliances improperly. In addition to creating a fire hazard, a natural gas stove or oven can present a carbon-monoxide risk when used for space heating.
Use a space heater that has been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the space heater cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.
- For more space heater safety information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Council athttp://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/11/space-heater-safety
Heating, Hot Water and Plumbing
Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat and avoid freezing.
- The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes athttp://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, but toxic. It is the product of incomplete combustion, which can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning mimic the flu, so make sure the CO detector is in working order.
- For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association, http://www.nfpa.org
The weather situation that we are in for Friday involves two pieces of energy that need to phase together at the right time to bring CT a significant snow event.
At this time the Forecast Models phase those two pieces of energy just a tad too late to bring major snow but I still will not rule out the possibility of a few inches. This is because it is very cold and just a little bit of moisture can make for a few inches of fluffy snow.
Models are pretty consistent with the timing and strength of the storm. It would be likely to be a late Friday into Saturday Morning event.
As of right now, not to big of a deal, a few inches is a stretch but is still possible. I will keep updating as new data comes in.