SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Temperatures were in the single digits throughout the night and into Tuesday morning, after a surprisingly warm start to winter last month.
In Springfield, temperatures read just six degrees around 5:30 a.m., but the slight winds made it feel even cooler at -10 degrees.
Like every year when these low temperatures arrive, it is important to remember things you can do to stay warm, but most importantly, to stay safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the windchill temperatures western Massachusetts experienced Tuesday morning, as with many winter mornings, can cause frostbite. It would take a minimum of thirty minutes for the risk of frostbite to begin, but its important that children and anyone going outside for long periods of time are dressed properly with as little exposed skin as possible.
Pets can feel the effects of cold temperatures and wind chills, too. Shortening the time they spend outside is another tip to keeping everyone in your family safe in the winter.
In order to minimize the threat of house fires, its recommended to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire in your home.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is also reminding you to take steps to prevent frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can burst and cause flooding damage. To help prevent this, heat should be kept at a minimum of 55 degrees in the house and basement. If possible, avoid drafts where the water meter and exposed pipes are located. If not, insulate the pipes that are in cold and drafty places.
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