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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
256 PM EST WED FEB 10 2016

...DANGEROUS COLD WILL AFFECT CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA THIS WEEKEND...

THE COLDEST AIR OF THE WINTER SEASON WILL MOVE INTO CENTRAL
PENNSYLVANIA THIS WEEKEND. FRIGID TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH
STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE WIND CHILLS WELL BELOW ZERO SATURDAY
NIGHT INTO SUNDAY. AS THE WEEKEND APPROACHES...KEEP THE FOLLOWING
COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS IN MIND.

* FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN HAPPEN QUICKLY. IF YOU MUST BE
  OUTSIDE...DRESS IN LOOSE FITTING LAYERS...WEAR A HAT AND
  GLOVES...AND MAKE SURE ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED. IF WORKING
  OUTDOORS...TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS IN A HEATED AREA.

* APPROPRIATE ACTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  HAVE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FROM THE COLD TEMPERATURES. LIMIT
  EXPOSURE TO COLD AND WIND. ANIMALS CAN GET HYPOTHERMIA AND
  FROSTBITE JUST LIKE HUMANS.

* TO PREVENT FREEZING PIPES...RUN A TRICKLE OF WATER FROM AT LEAST
  ONE FAUCET. LEAVE CABINET DOORS OPEN TO ENSURE WARM AIR FLOWS
  AROUND PIPES. KEEP THERMOSTATS ABOVE 55 DEGREES IN UNOCCUPIED
  COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES OR SPRINKLER
  SYSTEMS.

* PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY IF USING SUPPLEMENTAL HEAT SOURCES SUCH AS
  FIREPLACES OR WOOD STOVES. DO NOT LEAVE HEAT SOURCES
  UNATTENDED...REMOVE ANY NEARBY FLAMMABLE MATERIALS...AND MAKE
  SURE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS NEARBY.

* TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING...NEVER USE A
  GENERATOR...GRILL...GAS OR CHARCOAL BURNING DEVICE IN A
  HOME...GARAGE...OR OTHER PARTIALLY ENCLOSED AREA. MAKE SURE
  HEATING UNIT IS IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA. ENSURE CARBON
  MONOXIDE DETECTORS ARE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY.

* CHECK ON ELDERLY AND OTHERS SUCH AS YOUNG CHILDREN AND THOSE
  WITH ILLNESSES TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ADEQUATE HEATING AND
  SHELTER.

MONITOR FORECASTS AT WEATHER.GOV/STATECOLLEGE FOR THE LATEST
INFORMATION. YOU CAN ALSO FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE NWS STATE
COLLEGE FACEBOOK PAGE OR ON TWITTER @NWSSTATECOLLEGE.

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HAGNER/STEINBUGL


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