Enduring the Bitter Cold

Tips on Enduring the Bitter Cold Weather
Posted on 01/27/2019

Brutal temperatures and wind chills are in the forecast for later this week. In preparing for the bitter cold,  residents should be extra cautious during these extreme winter weather conditions.

On Wednesday, January 30, when the frigid temperatures are expected to hit, residents in need of a warm-up can find temporary relief from the cold in the lobby area of the Arlington Heights Police Station, 200 E. Sigwalt Street, adjacent to Village Hall.  If residents need assistance for a warm place to stay overnight, please call the Health & Human Services Department for assistance at 847.368.5760 from 8 – 5 p.m. or call the Police Department at 847.368.5300 after 5 p.m. 

The Senior Center, 1801 W. Central, is also available for a temporary warm-up and is open Wednesday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Pioneer Park recreation center, 500 S. Fernandez,  is also open for temporary shelter from the cold from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30,.

GROOT will not be providing garbage/recycling pickup on Wednesday, January 30, due to the cold temperatures. Refuse and recycling collection services in the Village will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

While looking for ways to stay warm during frigid weather, make sure that safety is your top priority! Below are some helpful tips to staying warm and safe!

Stay indoors and dress warmly. Please raise the temperature in your home to 2 - 4 degrees above your normal setting and keep your garage doors closed.

Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.

Pay attention to weather reports and listen for emergency information.

Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing

If your power goes out, please call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661)

If using space heaters, please review this important information. Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season and heating is the second leading cause of home fires. 

Use generators outside only and away from windows. If you are using a generator, please check these helpful tips.

Do not use your oven or a grill to heat you home.

Have an emergency kit in your vehicle if you must travel. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.

Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

Please check on your neighbors and elderly residents during these extreme temperatures.

If it's too cold for you, it is too cold for your pets. Keep your pets inside where it is warm and review these safety tips for pets