For Immediate Release
January 28, 2021
Mayor Madden Urges Residents to Take Precautions Ahead of Hazardous Cold Temperatures This Weekend
TROY, NY – Ahead of very cold temperatures expected to impact the Capital Region beginning Thursday evening, Mayor Patrick Madden is reminding Troy residents to take precautions to stay safe through the upcoming weekend.
Mayor Madden said, “Periods of extreme cold temperatures can pose a serious risk to personal safety during the winter season if not taken seriously. As temperatures begin to drop, Troy residents should take precautions, prepare their home for freezing temperatures, and limit their time outdoors where possible to protect themselves and their families this weekend.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the Capital Region, including Troy, New York, beginning early Friday morning into the afternoon. Very cold wind chills are expected, with the possibility of wind chills reaching 25 below zero.
If traveling outdoors, wear multiple layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, along with a hat and scarf to reduce heat loss and protect your mouth and face. Don’t forget to check on neighbors, especially the elderly, sick, those with disabilities, or individuals with small children or pets.
Additionally, Troy residents are asked to take steps to prevent household pipes from freezing during periods of extreme cold. Exposed pipes on exterior walls have the possibility of freezing and bursting.
- Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature for both day and night, even when you’re not home;
- Close all exterior doors, including garage doors and other exterior entryways;
- Open hot & cold faucets to a slow drip during the coldest time of the day or night;
- Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach un-insulated pipe near exterior walls. Don’t forget to remove any stored household cleaners and chemicals out of the reach of children or pets.
- Know the location of your internal shut off valves in case of a leak or frozen pipe.
If a pipe is found to have frozen, keep the faucet(s) open and contact a licensed plumber immediately. Do not use heat lamps or heat guns as this may cause a fire. If a household water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the internal shut-off valve immediately. Residents should also check outdoor faucets on their home. Locate and turn off each individual shutoff valve inside your home leading to each exterior faucet.
Residents should exercise caution and care for their pets this winter. Plan to keep your animals indoors during periods of cold weather. The American Veterinary Medical Association has published a list of cold weather animal safety tipsto help pet owners protect their companion animals during the winter season.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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