Charles City, Iowa – As the record setting cold pounds Northeast Iowa, Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple is reminding residents to take precautions when trying to find extra warmth.
He says stoves are not meant to warm houses and could potentially start fires. You should always keep combustibles away from any heating apparatus and don’t overload circuits by plugging in too many appliances into an outlet.
Whipple added make sure you shovel your snow.
He says carbon monoxide and chimneys can also cause problems in the winter time. Have a detector with fresh batteries and a clean chimney if you’re going to use one. This will decrease the chances of a fire.
If the department is called out, residents need to remain patient.
Whipple says their diesel trucks could gel up and using water in extreme temperatures presents a problem, but his concern remains with his crew.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 20 below zero and wind chills could reach -60 or lower. Forecasters say this has the potential to be a life-threatening cold snap with temperatures expected to be the coldest many will have ever experienced.
Not only is trying to stay warm and issue, but so is using water.
Charles City Water Superintendent Cory Spieker says the cold can impact residents while they do their day-to-day activities.
A way to prevent frozen pipes is to run water through them all day.