ALBANY, N.Y.—Governor Cuomo announced that all state roads are open and cleared following Tuesday's storm, but warns New Yorkers to take precautions against frigid temperatures.
Governor Cuomo offered safety tips for the forecasted sub-zero temperatures:
Prevent Water Pipes from Freezing
To prevent frozen water pipes, follow these tips:
· Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers – cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.
· Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing. Let hot and cold water trickle at night from a faucet on an outside wall.
· Teach family members how to shut off water valves.
· Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall.
· Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
If you plan to be away:
· Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still on to prevent freezing, or;
· Drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).
If Pipes Freeze:
· Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst. Stopping the water flow minimizes the damage to your home. Call a plumber and contact your insurance agent.
· NEVER try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch.
· Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.
Alternative Heating Safety Tips
Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturer's instructions. When using alternative heat sources such as a fireplace, woodstove, etc. always make sure you have proper ventilation. Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from hot surfaces. Have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors – and make sure they work.