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The National Weather Service is forecasting winter weather with lows of -1 °F and a slight chance of snow on both Friday and Saturday. The Borough of State College wants to take a moment and share some safety tips on how to prepare and protect yourself in this severe cold weather.
Prepare Your Home
1.) Have at least one of the following alternative heat sources:
*Note: Do not utilize outdoor heating sources inside. This could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Please install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors.
2.) Protect and prevent freezing pipes by following these recommendations:
*Note: If you suspect your pipe(s) is/are frozen open the faucet and apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water until full water pressure is restored.
3.) Add additional insulation to your home by covering windows with plastic and adding additional weather stripping around your doors and windows sills to keep the warm inside.
IMMEDIATELY report power outages to West Penn Power
Prepare Your Vehicle
1.) Prepare and keep an emergency kit designed specifically for your car.
2.) Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
3.) Keep a cell phone charger in your car in case of local power failures.
1.) Dress properly for the weather.
2.) Protect your pet by following these recommendations:
*Note: Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth. Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.