Cold Weather Safety Tips

Throughout the winter season, Orange City may experience cold weather.  The city offers these additional tips during a hard freeze – about 30 degrees or below for more than one hour.

-Insulate all outside pipes with cloth or a similar material to help prevent freezing. All piping in attics, including those to water heaters, should be protected as well.

– Check to make sure the cover to your water meter fits tightly. If your pipes do freeze, you can use the valve inside the meter box to shut off all the water to the house, helping to prevent indoor flooding when pipes thaw.

– If you have a backflow assembly on your water service line, it, too, may freeze with very cold temperatures. Insulate the assembly properly by wrapping or covering the pipe. Do not cover the bottom relief opening on the underside at the middle of the apparatus to avoid creating other flooding problems.

– Residents should be extra careful when using supplemental heating units. Make sure all combustible materials, such as drapes or chairs, are at least three feet away from any heating unit.

– To reduce the chance of fire, avoid using flammable liquids to start fireplaces and do not leave a fireplace unattended. Most importantly, check your smoke alarm to make sure it is working properly.

– If you are cold outside, your pet is, too. Bring outside pets indoors during cold snaps, especially at night when temperatures dip to their lowest.

– Check in on neighbors and family members who may be more susceptible to cold weather conditions, such as the elderly or disabled. If you are unable to reach them, OCPD will conduct a welfare check for you. Simply call dispatch at 386-775-9999 to request the service.

More information can be found here http://floridadisaster.org/EMTOOLS/Severe/documents/Cold%20Weather%20Safety%20Brochure.pdf.

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