• Mario Carr

Colder than North Pole protect your family


It's colder than the North Pole.

With these extreme cold temperatures that we’ve been experiencing at Appleby Line in Burlington, it’s important to protect yourself, family, car and home.

According to Environment Canada, we will experience extreme cold temperatures for the remainder of the week. So far in 2015, we've experienced 11 cold alerts for 23 days. Under these frigid conditions, it's important to be proactive to protect yourself, your family and your home.

Anyone can be affected by extreme cold-related weather conditions and your best defense against the cold temperatures is to be prepared. To keep yourself and your family safe, be sure to dress appropriately and cover exposed skin.

Keep a Car Survival Kit in your car at all times that includes items such as a cell phone, blankets, booster cables, shovel, first aid supplies and a flashlight and batteries. Finally, be sure to also know the road conditions before you leave your house by checking the news and weather forecast.

Besides protecting yourself, it’s also important to think about your home during these cold temperatures. Water pipes in your home can be at risk of freezing because the frost line penetrates lower into the ground.

In Halton already this year, Public Works staff has been working with homeowners to avoid water outages and protect against freezing pipes. As a homeowner, there are a few proactive steps you can take to reduce the risk:

Shut off and drain pipes leading to outside faucets. Ensure good air circulation to all plumbing areas. Keep doorways open in areas with a water meter or plumbing (e.g., basement areas and crawl spaces) to ensure the temperature in these areas remains warm.

Ensure both the temperature and air circulation in your home are adequate to keep your basement and/or crawl space warm enough to prevent water lines from freezing.

For additional actions you can take to reduce the risk of frozen water pipes in your home, please visit halton.ca/frozenpipes. To learn more about protecting yourself against extreme cold weather, and to sign up to receive cold alerts, visit halton.ca/coldalert.

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