Prepare for Extreme Cold

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits tonight, with high winds and wind chills below zero.

Montgomery Township Health Department wants you to stay safe in cold weather.

Otto Kaufman Community Center will be available as a warming center from 8AM to 9PM if you have no heat. It is recommended that residents think ahead of a plan, perhaps to stay with a relative, neighbor, or friend, in the event that your home loses heat.

If you are a renter, and have no heat, call your landlord and the Health Department at 908-359-8211 x 227 to file a complaint, if needed. We will investigate and work with your landlord to get the heat restored. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Remember these safety tips:

Personal Safety

  • Stay indoors when weather is extremely cold, especially if winds are high.
  • If you must go outdoors, make trips outside as brief as possible.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing. Protect your head, neck, hands and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and socks.
  • Drink lots of water and non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Be alert for the warning signs of hypothermia: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and/or drowsiness.

Family & Neighbors

  • Offer to help people in your neighborhood who may have limited access to heat.
  • Check frequently on seniors and people who are ill.
  • Do not leave pets outside.
  • Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable to the cold. Extra precautions should be taken.

Be Safe at Home

  • If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home.
  • Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas or fireplaces.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.
  • Take steps now to prevent water pipes from freezing: https://www.consumerreports.org/home-maintenance-repairs/how-to-keep-pipes-from-freezing/
  • While power outages are not anticipated, it is good to be prepared. Report outages at: 1-800-880-PSEG (7734).
    Sign up for MyAlerts at:
    https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/myalerts/index.jsp
    so you may receive updates by text and report outages by texting “Out” to 4PSEG. Visit the PSE&G Outage Center to view a map of area outages.

Link to more info at CDC Winter Safety Website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.html