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January 2, 2018

 

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! While our region (and most of the rest of the country!) are shivering under deep freeze conditions, we remind you to dress your children warmly, especially if they are waiting at the bus stop in the morning. If your child needs cold weather gear, please do not hesitate to ask someone at the school - our district staff and families gather jackets, hats, gloves, etc. every year for students who need them.

 

Since the freeze seems to be in place for a bit, we also wanted to share some cold weather tips with you from redcross.org. If you can't be inside next to a roaring fire with some hot chocolate, you can at least prepare yourself, your family and your home as best you can to brave the elements.

 

We thank you once again for sticking with us (like snowflakes!) as partners in your child's education, and we look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2018!

 

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm – Protecting Your Family

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Discussing winter storms ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for young children.
  • Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season to decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather.
  • Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil.
  • Install good winter tires with adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate but some jurisdictions require vehicles to be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Keep in your vehicle:
  • A windshield scraper and small broom

  • A small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • A brightly colored (preferably red) cloth to tie to the antenna

  • An emergency supply kit, including warm clothing.

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep a supply of non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.
  • Service snow removal equipment before the winter storm season and maintain it in good working order.
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.

Prevent Home Fires
With the cold temperatures there is often a rise in the number of home fires. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire in your home:

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs - at least three feet away from sources of heat.

  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.

  • Place space heaters on a level, hard and nonflammable surface. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.

  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.

  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen.

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips
As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away - things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision - Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don't catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

 

Also, stay informed! You can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
giaquintoa@gtps.k12.nj.us
609.748.1250, ext.
1016





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