When it’s 15 degrees outside with a wind chill factor of below zero, do you really feel better when someone suggests: “It could be a lot worse!” We’re betting your answer (at least the polite one) would be “Go peddle your optimism elsewhere, pal, because I’ve got all I need.”
There, you’ve vented a little and now you feel better. But in that kind of extreme cold, even venting won’t make you feel better, warmer, or safer.
That’s why we urge you to follow these common-sense precautions:
- Dress in layers and cover as much skin as possible to prevent body heat loss, hypothermia, and frostbite.
- Go outside only when you need to, and limit the amount of time you spend there
- Let your pets outside only long enough to take care of business
- Equip your car with a flashlight, batteries, and blankets in case of a breakdown
- Keep an eye and ear out for emergency information and alerts
- break down. And don’t forget antifreeze and some ice melt.
- Keep your space heaters on flat, level services and at least three feet away from any flammable material
- Your oven was not meant to heat your own
- Don’t operate your portable generator or any other fuel-burning device unless the area is properly vented
- Make sure that all embers in your wood burning stove or are completely extinguished before going to bed.
- Check in on elderly neighbors and relatives to ensure they’re alright during extreme weather conditions.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
Perhaps your worst nightmare during a cold snap is a sudden stoppage by your furnace or boiler. To help keep it running, even during the most trying of circumstances, contact Nero Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule our high-quality preventive maintenance service. It’s your best assurance of problem-free operation, all winter long.