Guidelines for Heat, Water Pipes, and Elderly Residents as Days Grow Shorter and Temperatures Drop
MEMA SITUATIONAL UPDATE: Very cold temperatures are expected for the rest of this week, potentially lasting into the middle of next week. Daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will drop to 0 to -10 degrees north of the Mass Pike and to the single digits over southeast Massachusetts. Wind chills during this period could be as low as 15 to 25 degrees below zero, particularly in western Massachusetts. The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.
MAYNARD: Police Chief Mark W. Dubois, Fire Chief Anthony Stowers, and the men and women of the Maynard Police and Fire Departments are committed to the safety, security, and good health of all of its residents. As extremely cold temperatures are upon us, the department would like to remind everyone to stay safe, while offering some useful tips for keeping your home and vehicle in good shape during the cold season. “Our number one priority is the safety of our residents, and we are committed to community-oriented policing,” Chief Dubois said. “We are pleased to offer these guidelines, and we hope our residents and business owners will take them to heart.” “Most importantly, we encourage everyone to look out for one another as well,” Chief Stowers said. “If temperatures drop, check on your elderly neighbors. Shovel their walkways. We can all do little things to help each other out over the next few months.”
The Departments offer the following tips:
- Never use your oven as a heat source
- Do not use electric or space heaters while sleeping.
- Keep electric or space heaters at least three feet away from bedding or combustible materials.
- Keep stocks of batteries on hand for radios and flashlights in case of a power outage.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Beware of carbon monoxide and stay safe by: never warming up your car in the garage, serving your heating system at least once per year, and making sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and change batteries twice per year. Make sure smoke detectors are working on every floor of your home.
- Call the Maynard Fire Department if you need help with a detector or have a malfunctioning unit that you would like help with. 978-897-1015 is the business line.
- During the coldest days, parents are reminded to dress students warmly, in layers, with hats on and exposed skin covered
- When the snow falls, you can help the Maynard Fire Department by shoveling out your nearest fire hydrants. Also ensure that your home or business sidewalks are properly shoveled, and place salt or ice melt to prevent people from falling.
- When shoveling snow, dress appropriately, with exposed skin covered, and wear a hat and gloves. Do not consume too much caffeine before or during shoveling. Avoid getting wet, and take frequent breaks.
- ALWAYS clear the tailpipe of a vehicle that is buried in snow BEFORE you start or warm up the vehicle. Failure to do so is a frequent and tragic cause of death in the region.
Electric Eversource: 800-592-2000
Gas Eversource: 800-592-2000
If you live in a rental unit, heat should be set at a minimum of 68 degrees during the day and 64 degrees overnight. Residents should attempt to resolve any heating problems with their landlords, but may call the Maynard Building and Inspections Division at 978-897-1302 if there are unresolvable problems. To avoid frozen pipes, allow warm water to drip overnight in faucets, ideally from a faucet that is on exterior wall. You may also want to leave cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach pipes that are not insulated.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Maynard Police at 978-897-1011. If you fear that a neighbor or resident may be in danger, call the police department or dial 911.