Fire Department Offers Cold Weather Health & Safety Tips

December 29, 2017

With the ongoing, extreme cold temperatures affecting our area, the Fire Department recommends the following health and safety tips to reduce injuries and stay safe.

  1. Reduce your time outside if possible. If you have to go out, layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  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. If you chose to use supplemental or alternative sources to heat your home or business, 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. Please remember to turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  4. Your kitchen is for cooking – never use your kitchen stove or appliances as a heater.
  5. Lastly, protect your pipes. Run water frequently, 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.

The City wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Winter in Portsmouth