Residents Urged to Take Precautions Ahead of Extreme Cold Weather

As we prepare for Colder than normal temperatures and strong winds through Sunday, December 25, residents are urged to take steps to keep warm during times of frigid temperatures and to be aware of potential icy conditions throughout the weekend.

On Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol which is now set to expire at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Shelters and warming centers are open throughout Connecticut. Anyone in need of shelter should call 2-1-1 to get connected to nearby locations.

The Town of Fairfield Police and Fire Departments, along with the Department of Public Works are adequately staffed to responded throughout this storm to ensure the safety of our residents and to treat and clear roadways.

Fairfield Police Headquarters is also open as a warming center.  Residents are reminded to stay indoors as much as possible, dress warmly if you do need to go outside, and check on your family and neighbors.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

  • Dress warmly, and in layers, and cover your skin, even if you are just making a short trip. In extreme cold, skin exposed to the cold air can get frostbite in just a few minutes. If you must go outside, you should wear:
    • Hat
    • Scarf or knit face mask to cover your face and mouth
    • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
    • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
    • Water-resistant coat and boots
  • The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
  • The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
  • Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical assistance if you have these signs:
    • Symptoms of frostbite can include loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.
    • Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech.
    • In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin, and low energy.
  • Make sure your car is ready for the extreme weather conditions. Get your vehicle winterized and make sure tires are in good condition. Check your car emergency kit and replace any items that are broken or are unsafe to use.
  • Ensure your pets are not outside for an extended period of time. If you notice an animal outside for an extended period, contact its owner or the animal control officer.

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