Tips & Assistance For Cold Weather

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The cold weather is nothing to joke about. Get some tips for keeping warm during extreme low temperatures.

Heat-Up St. Louis provides assistance to those in need. Just call provides assistance to those in need. Call them at 314-241-7668 or visit their website.
If you know of a senior, disabled or needy household with small children is in need of help, you can send them a tip with the person’s name, address, and daytime telephone number. A Heat-Up St. Louis volunteer will follow up with the person the same day.

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Here are some tips from the United Way when it comes to keeping warm during extreme low temps:

  • Dress in layered clothing and wear some sort of head gear/covering
  • Check space heaters for sufficient ventilation and wire condition
  • Never place space heaters close to flammable objects, such as drapes or bedding or on top of furniture or near water
  • Make sure fireplace flues are working properly
  • Check extension cords for breaks or fraying
  • Do not use charcoal or gas grills indoors
  • Check on your neighbors – especially the elderly
  • Keep pets inside
  • Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls (water will be less likely to freeze)
  • Service snow-removal equipment
  • Have chimney and flue inspected
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer
  • Prepare your home and car for cold weather – safety kits are available

Laclede Gas also offers some tips for the cold:

  • Seal off unused rooms by closing the registers and keeping the doors shut tightly.
  • Keep furniture away from heating registers.
  • Make sure a clean furnace filter is installed.
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Clean out the dryer lint trap before each load to improve efficiency.
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