CHIPLEY — Washington County Public Safety Director Lynne Abel wants area residents to be prepared for the drop in temperatures we’re going to see over the next two days.
In addition to the actual low temperatures expected for the next couple of days, strong winds will combine with cold temperatures, causing the heat loss from a person's skin to be accelerated. This is called the wind chill. The wind chill can make it feel like it is much colder outside than what the actual temperature is. The National Weather Service has issued both a Hard Freeze Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory (see below). When cold weather is in the forecast, it is important to remember the “5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety.”
Protect People: Remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. It is important to try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry. Also, remember to check on young children and the elderly who are the most sensitive to cold weather.
Protect Pets: If cold weather is in the forecast, be sure to bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
Protect Plants: Cover cold sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.
Protect Pipes: Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent from freezing and breaking.
Practice Fire Safety: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.