Keeping Safe During Sub-Zero Weather
By CFD Public Safety Team
January 6, 2018

Beginning Friday and through the weekend, potentially record-breaking low temperatures will hit our area. Please read the attached information from the Village of Croton-on-Hudson regarding how to stay safe during these historically cold days and nights.

We are expecting a continuation of extremely cold temperatures over the next few days. See below for tips on protecting your home during the frigid temperatures.

In addition the Village of Croton will open the Community Center in the Municipal Building at 1 Van Wyck Street on a 24/7 basis for the next few days to give residents access to a warm space, if needed.

As a reminder, the Croton Free Library is also available to be used as a warming center during its open hours.

The library's hours are as follows:

MONDAY 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
TUESDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
THURSDAY 10:00 am-9:00 pm
FRIDAY 10:00 am-5:30 pm
SATURDAY 10:00 am-5:00 pm
SUNDAY 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Here are some tips to protect your home from the cold:

* Insulate water supply lines that run through unheated areas.
These are usually found in the basement, crawl spaces, attic,
garage, under bathroom and kitchen cabinets, and along exterior

* Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water
pipes should be sealed with caulk to keep the cold air out.

* Reduce wind drafts that transport cold air from outside to
inside the house by making sure that all exterior windows and
doors are air tight.

* Open kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets to allow warmer air to
circulate around plumbing.

* Allow faucets to drip slowly to keep unheated pipes from
freezing. Keeping them open relieves pressure that builds
between the faucet and ice blockage.

* Don`t turn the heat down too much if you are going away. Leave
the heat set to at least 55 degrees.

* Also, know where and how to shut off the main water supply in
case of a ruptured pipe.

Keeping your home warm can also be difficult in this weather.

* Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel.

* Never use a stove, oven, grill, etc. to heat your home.

* Place space heaters on level hard surfaces at least three feet from
anything flammable. Never leave them unattended.

* Install carbon monoxide detectors in you home and quickly move
to fresh air if the alarm sounds.

Finally, check that seniors, infants, those with chronic health
problems, and mental health conditions are in safely and
adequately heated dwellings.

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