Winter Freeze

The extreme cold, freezing rain, snow and strong winds of winter storms can all pose serious threats to people, pets and property.

Winter Storms

Winter Storm Safety

Nor'easters

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Before the storm:

  • Keep space heaters away from flammable materials and NEVER leave them unattended.

  • Bring pets indoors.

  • When using supplemental heating sources such as fireplaces or kerosene space heaters, make sure you have proper ventilation and a carbon monoxide detector in place. Always take your space heater outside to fill it.

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries every six months.

  • Move all vehicles inside the garage if possible. Never leave a vehicle running with the garage doors down.

  • Insulate all exposed water pipes outside the home.


During the storm:

  • Stay inside.

  • Close off unoccupied rooms in the home.

  • DO NOT use charcoal burning devices.

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers as needed to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than fifty-five degrees.

  • Allow a slow trickle of water to flow from both the hot and cold water faucets, especially if the faucet is on an exterior wall.

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes and appliances near exterior walls.

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and eat high caloric foods.

  • Do not drive unless the roads have been cleared by snowplows. If you need transportation for a critical medical treatment or a critical prescription filled, call the Ocean County Sheriff's Department, Office of Emergency Management at (732) 341-3451 or toll free (800) 331-8152.


After the storm:

  • Never try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame or torch. Shut off water and call a licensed plumber.

  • Clear walkways and sidewalks to prevent injury, but avoid overexertion.

  • Report damage, such as broken pipes and downed tree branches or power lines to the utility company, if appropriate. Avoid the area to prevent personal injury.

  • Do not drive unless the roads have been cleared by snowplows. If you need transportation for a critical medical treatment or a critical prescription filled, call the Ocean County Sheriff's Department, Office of Emergency Management at (732) 341-3451 or toll free (800) 331-8152.