Cold Weather Safety Advice

Contra Costa health officials have tips for people to stay warm and safe in their homes this winter

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.


Chris J Kapsalis December 30, 2012 at 02:44 AM
You can also spray your outdoor plants with water just before a freeze to prevent them from freezing. It is much easier than covering and works just as well. Ice will form on the outside of the leaves insultating them from freezing. It also protects them in other ways. Most farmers now do this instead of more exspensive harder ways like covering or using fans and so on to protect citrus and other crops from frost/freeze damage.
Josh Goldman December 30, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Do you really believe this? (Chuckle!) " Ice will form on the outside of the leaves insultating them from freezing."
Chris J Kapsalis December 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Works kind of like how an igloo works Josh.


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