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Preparing for Winter Weather

If you haven't already, take steps now to get your homes and families ready, and be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children - those who can be most vulnerable during emergencies. Tune in your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and further emergency information. Visit:

    http://www.ready.gov/
    http://www.listo.gov/
    http://www.redcross.org/
    http://www.weather.gov/chicago

for tips on how to prepare for snowstorms, dangerous driving conditions and other types of winter emergencies. In the event of an emergency please call 911. The Police Non-Emergency phone number is (630) 719-4740. Power outages should be directed to ComEd at 1.800.EDISON1 (1.800.334.7661).

ComEd offers the following no/low cost tips to help you prepare your homes for winter weather, manage your energy usage and reduce electricity costs.

  • Set your thermostat up to 10 degrees lower when you leave your home and before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on heating and cooling costs.
  • Check your HVAC filter every month and change if dirty. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm thus wasting energy.
  • Replace incandescent holiday lights with LEDs. LEDs typically consume about 75% less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and openings for utility services, replacing as necessary.


How to Avoid or Fix Frozen Pipes

As a homeowner you can take steps to lower the possibility of pipes freezing, including:

  • Run a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe. Use a container to capture the water, and use it to water indoor plants and more.
  • Opening cabinet doors will expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
  • Repair broken windows, insulate walls, close off crawl spaces and eliminate drafts near doors to keep temperatures up near pipes.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation so do not disturb it.

If your pipes do freeze:

  • Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

Warming Shelters
Those needing refuge from cold temperatures can visit Village Hall (5 Plaza Drive) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or the Woodridge Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (3 Plaza Drive) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. In addition, a comprehensive list of warming centers, along with other winter weather information, in DuPage County can be found here.