As our weather remains chilly, Contra Costa health officials have issued some tips for people to stay warm and safe during our cold snap.
Officials advise residents to keep extra blankets on hand as well as fresh supply of batteries and flashlights.
They also say to clean gutters and remove any large branches that could fall on a roof during a storm.
Be sure to check on older family members or those who have special needs.
Move pets indoors or to an enclosure that is protected from the weather. Cover plants on really cold nights and move potted plants indoors.
Insulate outdoor pipes during cold weather to keep them from bursting. Know how to shut off water valves in case of such an emergency.
Make sure your heater is in working order and/or you have a good supply of heating oil.
Do not bring outdoor devices such as barbecues into the home as they can emit noxious fumes.
Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothing. This is better than one layer of heavy clothing.
Wear mittens. They're warmer than gloves.
Wear a hat or cap and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
You can get more information by going to the Office of Emergency Services website at oes.ca.gov.