Special Protections During Hot or Cold Weather
Cold Weather Protections
Central Hudson will refrain from scheduling residential service terminations on days when the local weather forecast predicts below-freezing (32 degrees) temperatures on any given day, or predicts "feels like" temperatures at or below freezing (32 degrees) for 2 or more consecutive days.
Extreme Heat Protections
Central Hudson will suspend electric residential service terminations if:
- The heat index is forecasted by the National Weather Service to reach 93 degrees or higher, including on the calendar day before, in Central Hudson’s service territory;
- The actual heat index reaches 93 degrees or higher on any given day.
Note: Central Hudson relies on DTN weather service forecasts to determine when cold and hot weather protections will go into effect.
Weather-Related Safety Tips
- Space heaters: Exercise care when using space heaters by keeping them away from flammable materials such as paper or curtains. Place space heaters out of areas of foot traffic, and shut them off when not in use.
- Overhead ice: Clear ice that has the potential to fall, particularly near doorways and around utility meters. Keep meters free of snow by lightly brushing them with a broom.
- Clear ventilation: Keep chimneys and flues clear of ice, snow and other obstructions to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home.
- Improper heating sources: Never use kitchen stoves or outdoor grills for supplemental heating, as these create a fire hazard and produce carbon monoxide.
- Avoid exposure: Exercise caution when outdoors or avoid spending time outside when possible during extremely cold weather.
- Gas odors: Be aware of natural gas odors. If an odor is detected, or a home carbon monoxide/methane detector is alarming, remember: STOP. GO. LET US KNOW. Stop what you are doing, go outside immediately and call our gas odor hotline at 800-942-8274 or dial 911.
- Stay in a cool place: Stay in a temperature-controlled place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, spend time in a public air-conditioned place such as a shopping mall, library or senior center.
- Use drapes: Keep drapes closed when windows are in direct sunlight.
- Manage activity: Reduce or eliminate strenuous activities until the coolest time of day. Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
- Dress appropriately: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids.
- Check on at-risk friends and family: Check on family, friends and neighbors who may have heightened health risks from prolonged heat exposure.
- Beware of enclosed vehicles: Never leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle for any length of time.