Chief Michael P Murphy
150 Park St.
North Reading, MA 01864
For Immediate Release
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
North Reading Police Department Offers Winter Weather Tips and Advice to Residents
Guidelines for Heat, Water Pipes, and Elderly Residents as Days Grow Shorter and Temperatures Drop
NORTH READING — Police Chief Michael P. Murphy and the North Reading Police Department are committed to the safety, security, and good health of all of its residents. As the winter weather months are nearly upon us once again, the department would like to remind everyone to stay safe, while offering some useful tips for keeping your home and vehicle in good shape during the cold season.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our residents, and as a department that is committed to community policing, we are happy to offer information and guidelines that will keep people healthy and secure in their homes this winter,” Chief Murphy said. “Most importantly, we encourage everyone to look out for one another. If temperatures drop, check on your elderly neighbors. Shovel their walkways. We can all do little things to help each other out over the next few months.”
The Department offers the following tips:
- Never use your oven as a heat source
- Do not use electric or space heaters while sleeping.
- Keep electric or space heaters at least three feet away from bedding or combustible materials.
- Keep stocks of batteries on hand for radios and flashlights in case of a power outage.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Beware of Carbon monoxide and stay safe by: never warming up your car in the garage, serving your heating system at least once per year, and making sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Test smoke detectors and change batteries twice per year. Make sure smoke detectors are working on every floor of your home.
During the coldest days, parents are reminded to dress students warmly, in layers, with hats on and exposed skin covered
When the snow falls, you can help the North Reading Fire Department by shoveling out your nearest fire hydrants. Also ensure that your home or business sidewalks are properly shoveled, and place salt or ice melt to prevent people from falling.
When shoveling snow, dress appropriately, with exposed skin covered, and wear a hat and gloves. Do not consume too much caffeine before or during shoveling. Avoid getting wet, and take frequent breaks.
ALWAYS clear the tailpipe of a vehicle that is buried in snow BEFORE you start or warm up the vehicle. Failure to do so is a frequent and tragic cause of death in the region,
Reading Municipal Light: 781-944-1340 or 781-942-6598
National Grid: 1-800-233-5325
If you live in a rental unit, heat should be set at a minimum of 68 degrees during the day and 64 degrees overnight. Residents should attempt to resolve any heating problems with their landlords, but may call the North Reading Building Inspector at 978-664-6040 if there are unresolvable problems,
To avoid frozen pipes, allow warm water to drip overnight in faucets, ideally from a faucet that is on exterior wall. You may also want to leave cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach pipes that are not insulated.
If you have any questions, feel free to call North Reading Police at 978-664-3131. If you fear that a neighbor or resident may be in danger, call the police department or dial 911.