Winter Freeze

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


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.