Cold temps make staying safe a challenge

Buffalo

Frigid temperatures and wind chills below zero, make staying safe and warm a challenge. St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and the Buffalo City Mission are keeping overnight shelters open for the needy. You can help the Code Blue team aid those who choose to stay in the elements.

Buffalo City Mission’s Raine Schreiner said, “The community has been such a blessing. During these Code Blue nights, it’s so helpful when the community drops off hats, gloves, scarves, blankets.”

Even if you are warm and safe, your home and your car still have to absorb winter’s full blast. Frozen pipes and dead batteries top the list of problems.

AAA Fleet Operations Manager Dan Walter said, “The cold really depletes the cold-cranking amps out of it.”

Cellino Plumbing’s Adam Thompson said, “A lot of times with drafts through basements, whether it be broken windows or separations in bricks, you get cold drafts through. Without water moving through the piping systems, it freezes very easily.”

Make sure you do not try to use a blowtorch to thaw pipes, or you could get more heat than you can handle and burn your house to the ground. No matter what you do in this winter weather, Plow Driver Rob Stokes said, “You gotta layer up, definitely have hats, extra sets of gloves,that kind of stuff, when you’re outside you never know what’s gonna happen.”

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