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Tips to survive the record cold that's coming
With temperatures about freezing, generators, freezing pipes and extra food are concerns
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Snow will give way to bitter cold today.
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With Tuesday’s high expected to stay below zero, both the power companies and state agencies are issuing freeze warnings and tips. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a few of them:

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FirstEnergy’s list begins with some long-view advice such as insulating your home and calking your windows and doors – likely a bit too late for that.

But it’s also advising that every household should have an extra blanket or sleeping bag for each person staying there, that everyone dress in loose-fitting and lightweight -- but warm c-- lothing, and that you keep a three-day supply of convenience foods and water on hand.

Opening faucets to a constant drip will keep pipes from freezing as will wrapping them in layers of newspaper. Keep flashlights on hand – along with extra batteries -- and cell phones, tablets and laptops should be kept charged.

Both the power company and state fire marshal are warning that any items designed to be used outside – from portable generators to charcoal grills – should stay outside.

Don’t use gas ranges to heat homes, follow instruction on space heaters, and, if the power goes out, make sure you turn the heaters, stove and other appliances off as well. 

More tips for the bitter cold
  • Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat and keep cold air out.
  • Keep extra blankets or sleeping bags for each person inside your home. Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen when utilizing a fireplace or wood burning stove.
  • Never use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your home as deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up.
  • Maintain a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. Convenience foods that do not require cooking are good to have on hand.
  • Avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers.
  • Use care when burning candles, especially around children or pets; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.
  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers.• Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries handy in the event a power interruption occurs.
  • Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.                 Source: FirstEnergy
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