News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Don Drumm Studios


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us


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


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Snow will give way to bitter cold today.
Courtesy of M.L. SCHULTZE
Download (WKSU Only)

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:

LISTEN: Severe cold tips

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:54)


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
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Will Ohio's marijuana initiative follow casinos' lead?
We just ask to have marijuana legalized and here comes some nimrod trying to rob us of our rights and make us buy it from some legalized new type DRUG DEALER th...

Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University