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Fair Lawn Emergency Management
Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 :: 10:28 a.m. EST




Major outbreak of cold air over the next week. Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area.

• Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions.
• Frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water
• Car batteries run the risk of dying.
• Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken.
• Do not use candles if the electricity goes out since these can become a fire hazard.
Learn how to properly use emergency heating sources (e.g. fireplace, wood stove, space heater) to prevent a fire.
Make sure the heating sources are ventilated
• Keep space heater safety in mind: 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.
• Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
• Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
• Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
• 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.
• Check tire pressure and your 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 or becomes stranded.
• Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold.

If you experience a power outage, please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734.

Fair Lawn Emergency Management will continue to monitor this situation and issue updates as necessary. Be careful and stay warm!

Fair Lawn Emergency Management
8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-796-1700

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