HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol as bitter cold temperatures hit the state over the next several days. It will remain in effect through Monday morning.
The protocol ensures that everyone in need of shelter is protected from the cold through Connecticut shelters.
“The next few days will certainly be the coldest we have seen so far this winter season, and could be among the coldest nights in terms of wind chill that our state has experienced in several years,” Governor Malloy said. “Those in need of shelter or a warming center should call 2-1-1 to find available locations, which are open throughout the state.”
The Red Cross is also providing tips to help people stay safe during the dangerous cold weather:
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will prevent losing body heat.
- Know the signs of hypothermia – confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
- Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
- Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Avoid frozen pipes – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
- Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
- Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
- If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, make sure you have a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle which includes: shovel, blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, first aid kit, and extra batteries. Keep the gas tank full–a full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
You can follow the cold weather forecast anytime, here.