Cold weather survival tips: How to stay alive when it’s cold

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A snow-covered landscape may be very pretty to look at, but cold temperatures create a dangerous environment for those who aren’t prepared. As below-zero wind chills invade South Jersey on Jan. 4, it’s important to remember vital steps to stay alive when the feel-like temperature drops to -20./R.J. Liberatore Jr. A snow-covered landscape may be very pretty to look at, but cold temperatures create a dangerous environment for those who aren’t prepared. As below-zero wind chills invade South Jersey on Jan. 4, it’s important to remember vital steps to stay alive when the feel-like temperature drops to -20./R.J. Liberatore Jr.

A snow-covered landscape may be pretty to look at, but cold temperatures create a dangerous environment for those who aren’t prepared.

As below-zero wind chills make their way toward South Jersey for arrival Jan. 4, it’s important to remember some vital steps to stay alive when the feel-like temperature drops to minus 20.

Here are some suggestions as provided by the National Weather Service:

Cold weather survival emergency supply list

Keep an emergency supply list that includes an alternative ways to heat your home, such as an electric space heater with an automatic shut-off switch, matches, extra blankets, first-aid kit, flashlights, special needs items such as prescriptions, and keep the items at hand.

Cold weather survival kit for your car

If you need to travel when the temperature drops to minus-20 when the wind chill is factored in, make sure your car is prepared by having a supply of blankets, a candle in a can for heat, matches, booster cables, road maps, mobile phone, compass, tool kit, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to pour on ice or snow for added traction. You’ll also want to have food and drinks in case you are stranded for a time. You body burns up more calories to stay warm in cold weather than it burns up to stay cool in warm weather.

Cold weather temperature survival for you home

When it’s extremely cold outside you’ll want to remember to leave a trickle of water running from all of your faucets to help keep your pipes from freezing.

Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable materials.

Maintain the heat in your home.

Make sure to extinguish all candles before going to sleep.

Cold weather survival travel tips

When it’s extremely cold out, it is important to be extra cautious about travel.

Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

Avoid traveling in low-visibility conditions.

Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges if at all possible.

If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.

If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.

Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.

Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; it could cause the windshield to shatter.

Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.

Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.

 

For Saturday’s weather forecast, see South Jersey faces wind chills of -15 to -20

For snow accumulation figures from the Jan. 2-3 storm see Snowfall totals for New Jersey reported by National Weather Service


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