MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Township has issued the following safety reminders as New Jersey is expected to continue to experience extremely cold weather over the next several days.
- One of the simplest steps for safety you can take is to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working.
- Keep thermostats set at the lowest comfortable temperature as furnaces may struggle to keep the house warm.
- If your house has no heat, consider going to the home of a friend or relative who has heat rather than relying on alternative heating sources.
- If you smell natural gas or have a natural gas emergency, call the NJ Natural Gas 24-hour hotline immediately: 1-800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325).
- Call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (544-4877) for power outages and downed wires. You can also visit the My Town section of the utility company’s website at www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown for outage information.
- Let water drip a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing and open cupboards under sinks to let heat circulate around the pipes.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.