County warns of frigid temperatures in aftermath of snowstorm

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After getting hit with snow, Rochester is now dealing with freezing cold temperatures.

In a statement Sunday, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo warned residents to prep for the frigid temperatures.

“We expect that the bulk of the snowfall is behind us, but I encourage everyone to be mindful of the extreme cold temperatures that will follow this winter storm in our region,” said Dinolfo. “We can all take some common-sense steps to stay safe as the wind-chills drop, like limiting time spent outdoors, bundling in multiple layers, and checking on our friends and neighbors with limited mobility. If possible, I encourage everyone to stay safe and warm at home this weekend.”

The county executive added these safety tips for residents:

1. Remember to keep all heat sources (space heaters) at least three feet away from clothing, furniture and drapes. 
2. Bring pets inside. 
3. Check on elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors. 
4. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur in minutes. Cover up or stay inside. 
5. Check the batteries in smoke and CO detectors, and make sure exterior vents are free of snow and ice. 

During Extreme Cold 

• Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads. 
• If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. 
• Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss. 
• Plan to check on elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors. 
• Plan to bring pets inside. 

Fire Safety 

• Do not discard your fireplace ashes in a garbage pail or recycling bin, even if you think they’re completely out.   
• The same applies for any smoking materials.  Generally speaking, several fires occur in Monroe County each year due to the improper disposal of smoking materials. 
• Please keep your fire hydrant visible to responding units by keeping it clear of snow. 
• In the event of fire, close the door behind you. 

Prepare Your Vehicle 

• Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. 
• Keep enough gas in your tank to ensure you can safely get to and from your intended destination. 

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