Tips for Handling Extreme Cold Conditions

With temperatures forecasted to stay at or near freezing most of this week and more cold weather coming, it is a good idea to brush up on some helpful cold weather tips to protect your home and property from potential damage.

Preventing Frostbite and Hypothermia: The two most common and dangerous impacts that cold weather can have on your body are frostbite, where body tissue freezes and becomes damaged, and hypothermia, where body temperature drops to dangerous lows.  To help prevent these, follow the tips below: 

  1. Be able to recognize and address frostbite and hypothermia. Click on the following links for full information on frostbite and hypothermia symptoms and treatment. Contact 911 in an emergency.
  2. Dress in multiple, loose fitting layers.  This traps heat near your body and helps provide a barrier against wind and cold. Wear hats, gloves and scarves to protect your extremities.
  3. Avoid any exposure to the cold for more than a few minutes. If shoveling or doing any other outdoor activity, be sure to take breaks in a heated area to avoid frostbite.
  4. If necessary, find a warming center.  A list of centers in Lake County is available on the Village's website.
  5. Bring your pets in from the cold and avoid keeping them outside for long periods.

Protecting Your Home: Cold weather can cause heavy damage to your home.  Use the tips below to protect your property:

  1. If using an alternative heating source, such a fireplace, be sure to follow all instructions. A full article on fireplace safety can be found on the Village's website. Be sure to check your fire and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working as well.
  2. Heat your utility rooms and insulate your pipes to prevent frozen pipes in your home. A full article on frozen pipes can be found on the Village's website.

Other Tips: The following tips are intended to help prevent other common problems that may arise during periods of extreme cold.

  1. If you own a vehicle, be sure to keep your tank at least half full.  This prevents the fuel lines from freezing and possibly stranding the car.
  2. Stay hydrated.  Cold weather stresses the body and can cause you to loose fluids faster.
  3. Cold weather often results in water main breaks.  Learn how to recognize and report these for repair on the Village's website.

For any questions regarding frostbite or hypothermia, contact the Fire Department at (847) 599-6600.