Mid-southerners prepare for cold snap - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-southerners prepare for cold snap

(WMC-TV) – There was no shortage of people at Overton Park in Midtown Sunday afternoon.

"I think it's unique to have this many people our here.  It's rare to have a warm sunny day," said Memphian Sid Williams.

Unique because, it's January.  It seemed like everyone had the same idea...

Williams was grilling out with his family.  Michael Rhodes was playing croquet with his family..

"Well I'm in short sleeves so that's nice and we have our kids out here, two of them and my grand dad out here so we weren't able to do that a few days ago. Sounds like we don't be able to do that in a few more days," said Rhodes.

Temperatures are expected to fall Monday and Tuesday, with lows expected to drop to 10 degrees.

Which means, yet again, Mid-Southerners are preparing to handle the cold.  Employees at Home Depot see a rise in people searching for pipe wraps and insulation.

"Make sure your windows are sealed your doors are sealed," said assistant store manager Chuck Dannah.  "You want to keep the cold air out and the heat in," he added.

It's something many people have already done once this year.  With a wind chill advisory starting at 3 a.m. Monday, experts recommend you check for drafts in doorways, and windows.  Even placing a blanket at the bottom of doorways to block a possible draft.

But they say don't try to stay warm using gas stoves, or generators inside your home.

"Adequate ventilation is the key, the generators should be outside your house," Dannah said.

Cold weather has it's effects on the Memphis Fire Department too.  When temps drop, fire calls go up.

The Memphis Fire Department says space heaters are responsible for starting dozens of fires in the last few months.

The drop in temps is a good remind to check your smoke detectors to make sure they work.  Also keep a watch on burning candles, fireplaces, even electrical cords.  They can all spark a fire quickly.  All these things should be at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire.

Cold weather safety goes beyond your home though.  The Shelby County Health Department says you should wear extra layers if you go outside.

Another quick fix to avoid the cold drafts in your home is to line windows with plastic, especially if you live an older home.

But before you do that, check to make sure the windows are sealed tightly.

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