Digging Out After The Downfall, And Risks Of Extreme Cold

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This year's first nor'easter dumped more than two feet of snow in some places and ushered in dangerously cold temperatures; on Friday night, the mercury is expected to drop below zero.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer reviews what's been happening around the region and how to prepare for the imminent deep freeze.

Among the recommended safety precautions  during bitterly cold temperatures:

  • to avoid possible carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow before you start your car
  • to minimize risk of house fires, don't use a stove or oven to heat your home
  • keep space heaters away from anything flammable (e.g. sheets, rugs) and never leave them unattended
  • be alert to the risk of hypothermia and frostbite and try not to stay outside for more than 20 minutes at a time
  • have children play indoors and keep walks with the dog short


Bruce Gellerman, WBUR reporter at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker in Framingham

David Epstein, meteorologist

Fred Thys, WBUR reporter, from Scituate

Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts

This segment aired on January 3, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.



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