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Jan 072015
 

frozen-pipe1One thing to think about tonight besides keeping yourself, your family and pets warm is keeping your water pipes from freezing.

We saw what the cold can do to pipes and the expense associated with water damage last year at Peck Place School and already today the pipes burst at the former Stop & Shop building on Bull Hill Lane.

Do you know how to protect your pipes from damage or what to do if they freeze?

The Red Cross offers this information

 

Jan 062015
 

Cold-Weather-COPDUIL 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.

Staying Warm
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.

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.

Space Heaters
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.

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.

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.

Jan 202014
 

Be prepared for the cold weather

Be prepared for the cold weather

Severe cold weather is predicted for later this week.  The major concern for this storm is to keep water pipes and heating pipes from freezing, exterior wall exposure.

Businesses: Fire Sprinkler System water pipes.

In the beginning of January we had several pipes freeze in town.  Heat must be maintained in areas where water pipes are located. Open cabinet doors under sinks on exterior walls, look for pipes in basement at exterior walls, etc.

For preparation information please go to sites such as:

www.Getreadycapitolregion.org

 www.redcross.org

 www.Ready.gov

During An Emergency such as Winter Storms, Hurricanes,  power outages, etc. if you are able please go to the following sites for immediate up to date information on the status of the conditions in the town of Orange and services available.  We will keep this website up to date on our status.

Twitter: @orangectemd

www.orangectlive.com

OGAT

Please make note of these valuable resources for use in planning for and during an emergency.

Bookmark it on your computer and smart phone.

Fred Palmer, Director of Emergency Management and Tino Russo, Asst. Director

Jan 042014
 

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

On Jan. 2, Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer sent out a notice with links to useful websites and other important information to help prepare residents for the frigid temperatures.

This morning the Fire Department responded to a local business on a report of a burst water pipe – one of the things Palmer mentioned in his notice.

There are so many things that people do wrong when under stress and hastily trying to thaw out frozen pipes.

I’ve been keeping my kitchen faucet flowing for a few days now, the water going into containers, then through a filtration system so I can use it for the fish tank or to fill my dog’s bowl when needed.

I found some good information on the State Farm website regarding frozen pipes that you should take a look at. I don’t want to see anyone going through a flooding situation or having a fire because of this nasty weather.

Take care and use all the necessary precautions to keep your home and family safe.

 

Jan 022014
 

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

File photo from 2012 Emergency Drill with CERT leader Al Mushin, Orange EMD Fred Palmer, Asst. Director Tino Russo and Asst. Police Chief Tony Cuozzo.

The town of Orange is monitoring this Winter Storm and will provide updates if any conditions require opening the shelter or any other circumstances.

Please BE PREPARED.

For preparation information go to official sites such as:

www.Getreadycapitolregion.org     www.redcross.org      www.Ready.gov

Severe cold weather is the major concern for this storm.

Try to keep water pipes and heating pipes from freezing, exterior wall exposure.

Businesses: Fire Sprinkler System water pipes.

During an emergency such as winter storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc, If you are able, please go to the following sites for immediate up to date information on the status of the conditions in town and available services.

We will keep this website up to date on our status.

Twitter: @orangectemd

www.orangectlive.com  or https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive

OGAT  – instant access button is available on the Orange Live website

Bookmark all of these addresses on your computer and/or smart phone.

Fred Palmer
Director of Emergency Management Town of Orange