Staying Safe in Subzero Temps!

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Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Staying Safe in Subzero Temps!

 

home inspection reading paOver the weekend, we had some record cold here in the Northeast- especially difficult with the winds gusts of 20-30mph. 

 

I had a few home inspections in Reading, PA and it got me thinking of ways of staying safe in subzero temps!

 

 

I found these 10 tips on the RedCross website and wanted to share these as good reminders for the remaining winter:

 

 

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

 

staying safe in subzero temps

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

 

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

 

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

 

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

 

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

 

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

 

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

 

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

 

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

 

Stay safe this winter!

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Great tips and I am so glad I do not need to face the elements...of course you do not want to hear that I had to turn on the A/C today because it was way too hot inside the house 77 degrees...Endre

Feb 15, 2016 06:09 AM #5
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
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Hi Li,  well, tomorrow might feel more like home as it will be mid 50s and raining all day long.  So strange after all this snow!

Feb 15, 2016 06:18 AM #6
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
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Hi Tammy,

Yes, your closed box wood-burning stove does sound much safer.  I have a gas fireplace so I also don't have to babysit it!

Feb 15, 2016 06:19 AM #7
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David Artigliere
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Hi Endre,

A/C... really?  Wow, LA is the place to be right now!  I'll live vicariously through you for the next few months. ha!

Feb 15, 2016 06:20 AM #8
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Joe Petrowsky
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It has been cold, I wasn't sure the temperature gage would go down that low and in the mid 50's later this week.

Great job with with your post. perfect timing.

Feb 15, 2016 07:15 AM #9
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David Artigliere
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Thanks Joe.  Hoping this is as low as it gets for the season.  Brutal climbing roofs in this weather!

Feb 15, 2016 09:42 AM #10
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Larry Johnston
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Hi David Artigliere ,  Great information for the sub zero weather. Oh let me add one more thing.  Don't leave your soft drinks in the garage.  They will explode.

Feb 15, 2016 10:27 AM #11
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Hello David ... some great tips for cold temperatures!

I was born and raised in the Midwest where winter temperatures reach colder temps than Anchorage and other parts of Alaska.

I have been playing around Anchorage for over 2 months now. And after spending so many years in Las Vegas, Arizona and SoCal it's quite refreshing, and I was use to the subzero temps in AK within 2 weeks.

Feb 15, 2016 11:32 AM #12
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David Artigliere
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Larry- awww, I forgot that tip!  haha.  exploding soda can't be good!

Feb 15, 2016 12:38 PM #13
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David Artigliere
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Hey Vegas Bob,  that's great you can acclimate that way!  My body would rather be in an attic on a 100 degree day than climbing a roof in this weather... I like the seasons, but these extremes are not my thing! 

Feb 15, 2016 12:39 PM #14
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the great tips. My heater is not working and we have space heaters today.

Feb 15, 2016 08:18 PM #15
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good advice to share. We have an icy morning in Maryland.

Feb 15, 2016 09:30 PM #16
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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
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Hi Gita,

That's not good! Stay warm..

Feb 16, 2016 03:07 AM #17
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David Artigliere
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Thanks for stopping by Roy.  We had an icy morning that quickly melted with the rainsnow and high temps.

Feb 16, 2016 03:08 AM #18
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Hi, David...this is great information to share. I'm an animal lover. Is that your furry friend in the picture? He looks like my dog, Lucky. Check out my post on spring fever for a picture of Lucky. 

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Good tips David, and suggestions that we should all be aware of this time of year.

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David, OK!  I want to know - what is it with that silly groundhog you guys have up there?

Feb 19, 2016 01:06 PM #21
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David Artigliere
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Hi Patricia,  

I'm thinking this Groundhog is playing games... never seems to see his shadow anymore but I think Spring is coming early.  It's 60 degrees today!

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We had some really strong wind gusts yesterday but thankfully the temps were in the 60's. I thank you for following my blog. It truly is a compliment.

Feb 29, 2016 07:06 AM #23
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David Artigliere
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Hi Debbie,

Thanks for stopping by.  You have some great posts worth reading, so I'm happy to follow you!

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