Surviving the cold in Madison

The weather outside is frightful indeed.

bonfire on frozen lake

While staying inside is recommended, a bonfire is a worthy opponent to the cold.

Photo by @beepee82

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While we’re finally breaking out of the “feels like” negative temps today, we’re not out of the freezing cold woods yet. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and warm while we wait for the cold front to pass.

Be prepared

Pipes | Keep your under-sink cabinets open to allow room temp airflow.
Faucets | If your water temp is near 35°, keep a light stream of water flowing.
Windows | Find window film at any hardware store and apply it easily with the help of a hairdryer.
Car | Keep sand, warm clothes, and jumper cables on hand.

In case of emergency

Generators | If you need to run a generator, do so at least 20 feet from your home.
Be neighborly | Check in on elderly neighbors who are more likely to be affected by extreme cold and may need assistance staying prepared.
Resources |

  • MG&E: (608) 252-7111
  • Madison Water Utilities: (608) 266‑4665
  • MPD non-emergency: (608) 255-2345
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