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Posted on: February 14, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Take steps to keep safe Before the cold weather.

Before Extreme Cold Weather

- Be Informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. Download the Massachusetts Alerts app.
- Create and review your family emergency plan.
- Assemble an emergency kit. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
- Prepare your home for possible emergencies.
- Know where your electricity, gas, and water switches and valves are located and how to shut them off. You may need to turn off water pipes if your pipes freeze or burst.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
- Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel and safe backup heating options like fireplaces, wood stoves, or a generator in case you lose electricity.
- Check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
- Ensure your vehicle is ready for safe winter driving. Keep the gas tank at least half-full and have a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk.

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