Surviving the Sub-zero Temperatures at Home in Ohio
Tips on surviving the frigid cold at home in Ohio during the Winter months:
- With sub-zero temperatures, Dayton Power and Light in Ohio released information that power failures are possible in high winds, ice and freezing rain conditions. The company recommends turning off all heat-producing appliances, like stoves, in case the home is vacant when power is restored.
- Prepare a sub-zero temperatures winter storm kit with a radio, bottled water, non-perishables, flashlights, and first aid items.
- Create a plan, especially if medical equipment needs to continuously operate. Inform DP&L of your medical equipment and you may get priority restoration. Visit ready.gov, nod.org or redcross.org for assistance in emergency planning.
- Plan for your pets, by maintaining fresh, unfrozen water, straw or bedding for insulation.
- Clear gutters and cut away branches that could fall on structures or power lines during a storm.
- Know how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts and make sure fire extinguishers are on hand and everyone knows how to use them.
- Report an outage or downed power lines to DP&L by calling 877-4-OUTAGE. Avoid contact with power lines on your property and stay in your car if lines fall onto it.
- Never use a generator inside, like basements, garages or even on a porch. More information is available at http://www.dpandl.com/education/safety-tips/generator-safety/
- Food in a refrigerator stays cold for four hours, if the door remains closed. Freezers keep items cold 24-48 hours, depending on use and fullness. Food safety information is available at http://www.dpandl.com/education/safety-tips/food-safety/
- Have a working carbon monoxide detector when using a fireplace.
- For safety reasons, avoid areas where utility crews are working.