Extreme Cold Weather Expected this Weekend
The National Weather Service, Mt. Holly, is advising that an extreme cold even has started to impact Chester County will continue into this weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be the two days with the most dangerous cold temperatures and wind chills. These cold temperatures will be a threat to people, pets and property. Check on your elderly neighbors and family members.
Pennsylvanians urged to use caution as dangerously cold temperatures are expected
Press Release from PA Department of Health
Resources for Code Blue Events
Wind Chill Map - show current weather conditions
Cold Weather Press Release
Extreme Cold Weather Safety Concerns:
-Frozen pipes could be a significant problem
-Run water at a trickle and keep cabinet doors open to help prevent pipes from freezing, especially exposed pipes and those along exterior walls
-Dead car batteries could strand people
-Check your tire pressure and car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket, warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down. Keep your fuel tank full.
-Any fuel or power outages that occur could leave people without heat
-Never use a generator near or inside your house. Carbon Monoxide is poisoning. Check or install CO detectors.
-People may improperly use secondary sources of heat; increasing chances of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning
-Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices.
-Frostbite and Hypothermia
-Dress warmly and stay dry; wear hats, gloves or mittens and several layers of clothing if you must go outside.
-Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Confusion and drowsiness are signs of hypothermia; seek medical attention immediately
-Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color to the affected skin area. First signs of rostbite is redness or pain; seek medical attention immeidately
Elizabeth Schew promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Marshal
Press Release - PA Insurance Commissioner Announces Private Market Flood Insurance is Available
District Attorney Hogan commends DES
Snow Safety Tips
How to prepare for a winter storm
Guide from Ready.gov
For more information:
- DES Personnel receive PA Fire and EMS Institute awards
- Motorists Encouraged to take steps for safe Thanksgiving, Winter Travel
- School Superintendents briefed on emergency radio system
- Firefighter I Class Graduates
- Harris Radio User Training
- Commissioners Perform a Radio Coverage Test