Tips for weathering cold temperatures
Jan 07, 2014 | 744 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"We are going to have some cold, cold weather," said Bill Quinton Bolivar County EMA director.

The temperatures have dropped drastically and Bolivar County was under a wind chill advisory until late Monday evening.

According to The Weather Channel, prolonged exposure of unprotected skin to cold wind chills could lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills.

This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Monday night had near record low temperatures with the low being 14 degrees and winds northwest at five to 10 miles per hour.

"Be prepared for two to four days of this. It will be something different than what we are used to and normally expect so be sure to wrap up in enough clothes to stay warm and take care of yourself if you have to go outside for any reason," Quinton said.

Quinton also said that it is important to have your car serviced if you plan to drive in secluded areas, which are abundant in the Delta.

"You need to be sure your vehicle is serviced properly and also that you have plenty of warm clothes on. If something happens and your vehicle breaks down and you have to get out you'll need to be warm enough to ensure you won't have any major problems," said Quinton.

Bolivar County is also under a hard freeze warning until Wednesday morning.

A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely and expected for an extended duration, according to The Weather Channel.

An extended period of below freezing temperatures will be hazardous for people, livestock and pets.

Ruptured water pipes are also very likely if precautions are not taken.

Keith Christopher of Severn Trent Environmental Services said there are several ways to prevent water pipes from bursting during the low temperatures.

"Make sure all of your outside pipes are wrapped if they’re exposed, that includes outside faucets.

"You can go to a local hardware store and get foam pipe wrapping.

"If you live in a house that's up off the ground you need to be sure the vents in the house are all closed.

"In some cases it wouldn't hurt to put a heat lamp under the house near the pipes.

"With it being extremely cold I would suggest get up during the night and turn the cold water on a couple of times during the night to move water.

"Open the cabinets under the sinks and allow some warm air in the house to get to the pipes.

"The main thing is to move the water occasionally."

According to The Weather Channel, in case a pipe does burst, shut the water off immediately using the home's shutoff valve.

There are typically two major shutoff valves in line with water service.

The first valve, called a curb stop, is generally located near the property line and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called the curb box.

The other major valve is located in the home next to the water meter.

Other valves may be near plumbing appliances such as sinks and toilets.

Keeping the main valve in good working condition will assure that a person will be able to turn their water off in the event of an emergency, in case a water pipe breaks, for example.

Older style gate valves should be turned periodically due to possible corrosion build-up. Newer Teflon coated ball valves should stay in working order without any regular turning.

Problems with water leaks or sewer stoppages should be reported to Severn Trent Environmental Services at 662-843-0601.