Extreme Cold Temperatures

Massachusetts winter events can be dangerous; take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.

What to do before extreme cold weather hits:

Be Informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. The Alert Center allows you to view all alerts and emergencies in your area. If there are alerts or emergencies. Ashland used CODE RED Community Notification System. CodeRED


Learn how to make a Family Disaster Plan that addresses the needs of your family and prepares your family to safely evacuate or shelter in place.

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Assemble an emergency kit.Emergency Kit

Prepare your home for possible emergencies. Preparing and strengthening your home can not only protect your property during disasters — it can also add value to your home.

Ensure your vehicle is ready for safe winter driving.

Follow safe driving practices if you must travel during winter storms.

When it comes to winter preparedness, don’t forget your pets.

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Continue to check the media for emergency information.

Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.Cold Weather clothing

Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.

If you lose heating, move into a single room. At night, cover windows and external doors with extra blankets or sheets.

Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered in plastic to prevent them from freezing. Let a trickle of warm water run from a faucet to keep water moving through your pipes.

If your pipes freeze, open all faucets all the way, remove any insulation, and heat the frozen pipe with a hair dryer or wrap with towels soaked in hot water. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.

Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find warming centers or shelters near you.

In the event of a power outage, you may need to take extra precautions or go to an emergency shelter to stay warm.

Know the symptoms of and watch out for cold-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.

Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.