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Dangerously LOW Temperatures Continue in Alexandria Area

The National Weather Service reports that extremely cold air will continue tonight across the Alexandria, Virginia area and we’re unlikely to get above the freezing mark for the foreseeable future.

And it’s only going to get colder.


The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) offers the following tips to help Virginians stay safe during the dangerously cold weather:

  • Thoroughly check and update your family’s emergency supply kit  before winter approaches. Include warm clothing and blankets.
  • If you heat with a fireplace or wood stove: Have a professional check it, especially if it has been a long time since the last cleaning. Residue can build up and cause fires. Also, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.
  • Be safe when using generators and space heaters. Generators should not be placed indoors due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your generator is properly installed by a qualified electrician and placed outside away from air intakes. And never plug space heaters into extension cords; plug into wall outlets. Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects, and be sure to turn off before going to bed.
  • Avoid using candles during power outages. Many home fires in winter are caused by candles. Flashlights are much safer.  Be sure to have plenty of extra batteries.
  • If you have pets:  Bring them inside. If they must stay outside, be sure they have shelter and insulation from the cold. Don’t use electric heating pads or any other heating appliances that can potentially burn your pet. Make sure your pet has enough food and unfrozen water; they may need more during cold temperatures.

Read more tips at this link.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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