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Sunday, February 15, 2015


Just a few points to remember during this cold. Feel free to add anything I forget, I'm still not up to full speed after this past week.

Please be sure to check on your neighbors during this cold stretch. Especially the elderly  and disabled, a quick knock on the door to make sure they are OK can mean a lot, as well as potentially avert a weather tragedy.

If you live in a home that may be older and not insulated to newer building codes, open the doors under your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow your heat to flow more freely to avoid freezing. Know where your main water shut off is located to be able to shut your water off quickly in case  a pipe should freeze and break.

Don't forget the pets in this extreme cold, be sure to provide them proper shelter  as well as plenty of fresh drinking water. Water freezes solid very quickly in these temperatures. If you see a pet in hazardous conditions or being abused , promptly call Animal Control at the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000

Do not bring anything inside your home to generate additional heat. No charcoal or gas grills or any unvented heater . Any heater should be UL listed for the use  you are using it for. Electric heaters should have automatic shutoffs to avoid fire if they are accidentally knocked over.

Carbon monoxide kills and you don't normally notice it until it  is too late. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, If you suspect furnace problems or possible CO poisoning, get everyone outside to fresh air and call 911, the Hartford Fire Department can check and meter for the presence of CO gas.

Do not leave  your car warming unattended in your driveway, it might not be there when  you go out .

Feel free to add any other helpful comments below


Anonymous said...

Why aren't you in the Mayor's Office? We get more good information out of you than we ever get from Maribel. And you are usually correct also. Now that would be money worth spending.

Good tips, especially the doors under the sinks

Anonymous said...

City Ordinances re: clearing of fire hydrants.

Sec. 31-144. - Fire hydrants to be cleared.
All snow and ice accumulating in the street higher than a point four (4) inches below the bottom of the lowest outlet on any fire hydrant, and within a radius of three (3) feet from the center of such hydrant, shall be removed by the tenant, occupant, owner or agent of the premises fronting on that portion of the street, within six (6) hours after such snow and ice has ceased to fall or accumulate, or within three (3) hours after sunrise when the snow has fallen in the nighttime.

Sec. 31-141. - Enforcement of article.
It shall be the duty of the department of police, under the direction of the chief of police, to see that the provisions of this article are complied with.

Anonymous said...

Sec. 31-146. - Penalty for snow and ice violations.
The tenant, occupant, owner or agent of any premises whose duty it is to clear the sidewalk adjacent thereto who violates any of the provisions of sections 31-143 through 31-145, section 31-149, or section 31-151 or who refuses or neglects to comply with such sections shall be subject to the issuance of a citation and a fine of ninety-nine dollars ($99.00). Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.