Norwalk Opens Warming Centers, Offers Tips For Extreme Cold

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Delivery driver John Brush of Middletown does deliveries in Hastings.
Delivery driver John Brush of Middletown does deliveries in Hastings. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

NORWALK, Conn. -- Residents looking for a place to stay warm can visit the Main Library and the South Norwalk Library as well as at the Community Room at the Norwalk Police Department, the Norwalk Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management reminds residents.

Residents can also dial 211 for emergency shelters and resources in Norwalk and across the region.

Residents are reminded to limit exposure to the cold temperatures by not going outside unless necessary, and to wear hats, gloves, scarves and dress in layers when outdoors. 

Here are some other tips to keep warm and safe during this stretch of cold weather. 

  • Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature. Never thaw a frozen pipe or meter with an open flame.
  • Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. Do not use stoves and ovens to heat a residence.
  • Make sure smoke alarms and CO detectors are working properly and replace batteries as necessary.
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter season and keep an emergency supply kit in your car with flashlights, hand warmers, blankets and more.

For more tips on keeping warm in cold weather, click here. 

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