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It’s no secret that the wintertime in Northeastern PA brings temperatures in the single digits. Whether you are outside for work or play, or inside, staying warm can be a challenge. A little preparation will help keep you a little more safe and comfortable.

In your home:

Look for air leaks, particularly around windows and doors. Install weather stripping, insulation, and make sure your storm windows are in place, if you have them. Or, consider using plastic shrink wrap made specifically for windows, sold at local home improvement stores. Not only will this help make you a little warmer, but it should also help a little with your heating costs.

Be extra careful with space heaters. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord. Follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper room placement. Keep little fingers and pets away from the heat source. Don’t leave space heaters on while you are sleeping or while you are not home.

Test your smoke alarms. Make sure they are all working properly, replace batteries as needed.

Install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of the presence of this deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

Be cautious with candles. While they may look and smell beautiful, they are a temptation to little fingers. Put them out of reach and away from any flammable materials. Never leave them unattended.

If you have a fireplace, make sure your chimney is unobstructed. Use a screen in front to keep your little ones from getting too close.

In your car:

Make sure you have enough tire tread and they are properly inflated.

Keep at least a half tank of gas in your car at all times.

Use a winter formula for windshield washers.

Prepare a winter emergency kit with extra coats and blankets, a portable charger for your cell phone, extra batteries, non-perishable foods and water, booster cables, flares, flashlights, first aid kit, and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction.


Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Dress in warm layers, and wear waterproof boots. Don’t forget the scarves and mittens. Wear bright colors so it is easier for others to see you.

Keep an eye on wind-chill factors. Winter winds can make it seem much colder than it is.

Be ultra-aware of your surroundings. Ice and snow can be tricky for walking and driving.

Be ready to check on family and neighbors who might be at higher risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults and the very ill. If you have pets, bring them inside.

Above all, be careful and stay warm!

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