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County officials urge residents to take precautions during cold snap

County officials urge residents to take precautions during cold snap

January 29, 2019 03:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is urging residents to take precautions as an arctic blast is expected to hit the region this week. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Watch for Monroe County, in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. 

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The News10NBC First Alert Weather Team has issued a Red Alert for Wednesday and Thursday for extreme cold and lake snow. Temps will drop into the single digits to below zero Tuesday night into Wednesday. The wind chill will drop to 20 degrees below zero Wednesday and then 30 degrees below on Thursday. At these temperatures, frostbite can occur in as little as 15 minutes.

To stay safe during these conditions, the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management offers these tips: 

- Remember to keep all heat sources (space heaters) at least three feet away from clothing, furniture and drapes. 

- Bring pets inside. 

- Check on elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors. 

- Frostbite and hypothermia can occur in minutes. Cover up or stay inside. 

- Check the batteries in smoke and CO detectors, and make sure exterior vents are free of snow and ice. 

IF YOU HAVE TO BE OUTDOORS

- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack -- a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads. 

- If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. 

- Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss. 

- Plan to check on elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors. 

- Plan to bring pets inside. 

- Allow a drip of cold water from faucets to prevent pipes from freezing. 

FIRE SAFETY

- Do not discard your fireplace ashes in a garbage pail or recycling bin, even if you think they’re completely out.   

- The same applies for any smoking materials. Generally speaking, several fires occur in Monroe County each year due to the improper disposal of smoking materials. 

- Please keep your fire hydrant visible to responding units by keeping it clear of snow. 

- In the event of fire, close the door behind you. 

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE

- Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. 

- Keep enough gas in your tank to ensure you can safely get to and from your intended destination. 

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