VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK: Extreme Cold Advisory

VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK: Extreme Cold Advisory
Posted on 01/05/2014

With frigid temperatures continuing in the Chicago area, the Village of Orland Park reminds the community of the importance of staying warm and safe in the extreme temperatures expected over the next several days.

Already freezing temperatures are expected to plummet on Sunday, January 5 with a high of 12 degrees with a wind chill of -18 degrees, followed by a high of -9 on Monday with a wind chill of -17 degrees. Extremely cold temperatures are predicted through Wednesday, January 8 and will return to the 20s on Thursday, January 9.

“The Orland Park Police Department at 15100 South Ravinia is the village’s primary warming center should power go out in any areas of the village,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “And, we have other village buildings that we can open and make accessible if they’re needed,” he said.

Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can be dangerous to anyone especially the elderly, infants and young children, those with disabilities and individuals on medication.

“Whenever we have extreme temperatures in Orland Park, we ask everyone to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and the disabled,” McLaughlin said. “Give them a call or knock on the door to make sure they’re okay. Maybe they can’t get to the store and you can pick something up for them. Check on your neighbors, please,” he said.

Residents can prevent frozen pipes in cold weather by keeping garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.

Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. Residents who travel during cold weather should leave the heat on in their homes, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

“The Police Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch System includes the locations of individuals with special needs who will be checked on if we have any power outages,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy, adding. “And, our officers will coordinate with Orland Fire District personnel for special needs assistance.”

The American Red Cross recommends wearing layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent the loss of body heat. Bring pets indoors. Keep thermostats at the same temperature day and night. This may increase the bill a bit but it’s more costly to repair frozen pipes.

If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away, i.e., paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and be sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

Use generators correctly and never operate a generator inside of a home --- including the basement or the garage. Do not hook up a generator to the home’s wiring. The safest way is to connect the equipment needing power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Residents needing help or direction may call the Village Hall during business hours at 403-6140 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 349-4111.

The village will continue to post advisories and relevant information on its website at orlandpark.org, on its Facebook page at Facebook.com/VillageofOrlandPark and via its Twitter feed at twitter.com/VillageOrlandPk.