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Ogunquit Police Department
Friday January 21st, 2011 :: 02:35 p.m. EST


Bitter cold temperatures are predicted over the next several days. Temps are forecasted to be well below zero

Dangerously cold temperatures have been forecasted for the next several days, which may be made worse by wind chill.
Stay safe as you stay warm. Remember especially to check on neighbors, friends and relatives who may need help staying warm.
• Keep clothing and other combustibles away from space heaters and wood stoves. It doesn't take long for old newspapers to catch on fire and destroy your home.
• Eating and dressing properly helps provide natural warmth. Well-balanced meals help the body produce its own heat. Several thin layers of clothing provide increased protection. Drink warm fluids and avoid drinking alcohol.
• If you use a kerosene or other alternative heater, follow all the maker's instructions, including venting the room properly.
• If you use a wood stove, burn clean, dry hardwood if possible. If you must burn wet wood run an open draft and check for creosote build-up frequently. If you burn soft wood take precautions not to overheat the stove, smoke pipe or chimney. Monitor the fire closely.
• Again, remember to check on older or ill neighbors and friends to make sure they are warm and safe.
If you must go outside:
• Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat. Layering clothes will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens or gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Mittens are warmer than gloves because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other. A hat keeps you warm because half of your body heat loss is from the head.
• Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air. Avoid taking deep breaths; minimize talking.
• Go inside often for warm-up breaks. If you start to shiver a lot or get very tired, or if your nose, fingers, toes, or earlobes start to feel numb or turn very pale, go inside right away.
To try to prevent pipes from freezing:
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
• Run water through the pipe at a trickle. The temperature of the water running through it is above freezing and helps keep the pipe open.

Ogunquit Police Department
20 Cottage St
Ogunquit, ME 03907

Emergency: 9-1-1

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