Announcements (General)

Posted on: January 3, 2018

Winter Weather Tips

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:

  • Warm winter coats, extra blankets, and sleeping bags;
  • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace; and
  • Electric space heater: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.

*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:

  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors;
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces;
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated area;
  • Insulate pipes with products like a “pipe sleeve”, but if unavailable newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

*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.

Car Kit

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.

Protection Outdoors

1.) Dress properly for the weather.

Dressing for Cold Weather

2.) Protect your pet by following these recommendations:

  • If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water;
  • If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

*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.

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