City releases winter weather preparedness tips
For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2022
(Jackson, Miss.) – The National Weather Service forecasts a long duration of very cold weather Thursday night through Saturday night for the Metro Jackson area. The low temperatures will likely range from the single digits, and highs will be near or below freezing for much of the area Friday and Saturday. In addition, strong and gusty winds will likely result in wind chill readings below zero, especially from late Thursday night through Friday.
With extreme cold weather on the way, the City has put together a list of winter weather preparedness tips. We ask that residents be mindful of the weather and make preparations now.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF & THOSE AROUND YOU
· Stay warm
· Stay inside in heat during extreme cold
· If you do not have housing, seek shelter. During extreme cold, the citywide freeze plan will offer free shelter.
· If you have to go outside, wear layers, a hat and gloves. Carry a cell phone.
· Check on neighbors, children, the elderly & chronically ill to make sure they are okay.
· Bring pets inside.
· Know the signs of cold-related illness – See a doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you or someone you know has these symptoms:
Signs of Hypothermia
· If the person’s temperature is below 95 degrees, get them medical attention immediately
· Shivering or fumbling hands
· Exhaustion or drowsiness
· Confusion or memory loss
· Slurred speech
· Bright red, cold skin or very low energy in infants
Signs of Frostbite
· Redness or pain in any skin area
· White or grayish-yellow skin area
· Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY
· Open the cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated air to circulate around the water pipes.
· Set your thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees, especially when you are gone for the day or away for a long time. 68 degrees is ideal for energy conservation.
· Let indoor faucets drip, but do not run a heavy stream of water. (remember, it only takes a small drip)
o If you turn on a faucet completely and no water or only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
o Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do NOT use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
o Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.