Prepare Your Home for Brutally Cold Weather

Temperatures are staying below zero for the next couple days, with wind chills at potential record/near-record lows of -55 to -60. With this frigid weather, it’s important to take precautions to make sure your home stays warm.

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Mike Ryan encourages everyone to check on their heating systems.

Ryan also recommends getting a carbon monoxide detector for your home and checking your outside vents to make sure they’re not blocked with snow or ice. Outside meters should also be cleared of snow. And he warns you should be cautious when trying to warm your home with space heaters.

Some older houses will have a hard time staying warm in this weather. Ryan says if your home is not providing enough heat and you need shelter over the next couple days, you can contact the Delaware County Communications Center at 927-3355.

Fortunately, we’ll only be dealing with this dangerous cold snap for a couple days, with warmer weather on the way.

Highs are expected to be in the 30’s by this weekend.

 

(photo courtesy of Alliant Energy)