Extreme Cold Weather Health Precautions

  • Stay in warm locations as often as possible and limit the amount of time outside on extremely cold days.
  • Carry cold weather gear: extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, blankets, a change of clothes and a thermos of hot liquid.
  • Put a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
  • Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your companions.
  • Avoid exposure to extremely cold temperatures if possible.

    If cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, follow these recommendations to protect from cold stress:
    • Wear appropriate clothing.
    • Wear several layers of loose clothing for better insulation
    • Tight clothing reduces blood circulation and warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities
    • Some clothing may restrict movement and result in a hazardous situation
    • Protect ears, face, hands and feet in extremely cold weather
    • Boots should be waterproof and insulated
    • A hat will keep your whole body warmer and reduce the body heat that escapes from your head

The Borough will provide warming centers on very cold days at:

  • The Hartley Dodge Memorial Building at 50 Kings Road is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM through 4:30 PM, except on Holidays:
  • The Madison Civic Center at 28 Walnut Street is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM through 4:30 PM, except on Holidays:
  • The Madison Public Library at 39 Keep Street is open, except on Holidays, on:
    • Monday through Wednesday 10AM–9PM
    • Thursday and Friday: 10AM–6PM
    • Saturday: 10AM–5PM
    • Sunday: 1–5PM
  • The Public Safety Complex at 62 Kings Road is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day in an emergency

Simple ways to lower your heating bills:

  • Lower your thermostat.
  • Close fireplace dampers when not in use.
  • Close and latch your windows.
  • Set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees.
  • Move drapes and furniture away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers, and make sure that register or baseboard dampers are open.
  • Remove or cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts.
  • Use insulated or lined drapes on your windows.
  • Open your curtains and blinds that face the sun on sunny days to warm your home, and close them at night.
  • Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks and prevent drafts in windows and door frames.
  • Use a shrink film insulation kit, commonly available at home improvement centers, on drafty windows or make one yourself from plastic sheeting and double-faced tape.
  • Remember to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors for proper operation and replace their batteries at least once every year.