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‘The Coldest Weather in Quite a While': Tips for Your Home, Car, Pets

A Frist Alert for frigid conditions with wind chills making it feel like the single digits in some neighborhoods is in effect Tuesday into Wednesday morning

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The coldest weather we've felt in the Philadelphia region in several years is taking hold Tuesday.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for a frigid blast and cold winds that will have temps feeling between 0 to 15 across the entire Philadelphia region Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Even at the peak of the day Tuesday it will struggle to feel like 10, due to the wind chills.

We just aren't used to cold, blustery weather like this anymore. The last time we had a day this cold in the afternoon was February 2019.

"This is the coldest weather in quite a while," meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.

With temps feeling well below freezing Tuesday, NBC10's Johnny Archer catches up with a guy bundled up in Center City Philadelphia who notes he made a mistake by putting down his coat hood.

Even though you will see sun Tuesday, the cold winds will blow and keep us cold. Temps then plummet overnight as winds calm down.

Read on for some tips to help you cope with this dangerously cold weather at home, in your car or when caring for your pets:

Dealing With Cold Around Your Home

  1. Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outdoors, officials urge you dress warmly and wear layered clothing with at least one insulating layer. Wear a warm hat, mittens and a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
  2. Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness, and frostbite, including gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy-feeling skin.
  3. Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, portable radio and three days' worth of food in case the power goes out.
  4. To prevent frozen pipes, State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
  5. Find the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts, D.C. Water spokesperson Pamela Mooring advised.
  6. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  7. If you' are going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home at no lower than 55 degrees.
  8. Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything combustible.
  9. Go ahead and program your local utility contact information into your cellphone now, before you need them. 

    Important Utility Numbers for the Philadelphia region

         — PECO: 1-800-841-4141
         — PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
         — PP&L: 1-800-342-5775
         — Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
         — Delmarva Power: 1-800-375-7117
Here’s what to wear in case you have to venture out in the extreme cold.

Keeping Your Car Safe, Running Well

  1. If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail as temperatures drops, according to AAA. Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.
  2. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. The fumes could make you sick.
  3. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  4. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  5. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  6. Wintry weather can contribute to the deterioration of your windshield wipers. Worn blades streak and impair vision, which is critical during winter months. AAA says wiper blades should be replaced at least every year.
  7. Keep your washer fluid topped off with winter formula fluid so it won't freeze. Many of your car's fluids should be checked once a month.

Keeping You Pet(s) Safe

  1. Keep your pets inside. Dogs and cats left outside can freeze, get injured or become lost.
  2. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
  3. The ASPCA suggests wiping your dogs' legs, feet and abdomen when they come in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other chemicals when licking their paws.
  4. Never leave your pet inside a car unattended.
With cold weather hitting many parts of the country, here are some tips to keep your furry little friends safe and happy this winter.
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