Residents Reminded to Prepare Now for Period of Extreme Cold Weather
Wednesday Garbage and Recycling Collection Canceled; Electronics Recycling Collection Closed
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — As dangerous and life-threatening cold weather approaches the Naperville area, residents are asked to prepare themselves and loved ones for this period of extreme inclement weather.
Current forecasts call for potentially record breaking cold temperatures and life-threatening wind chills in Naperville from the overnight hours on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Jan. 31. Wind chills for the Naperville area will approach -50F on Wednesday morning, Jan. 30. This is extremely dangerous weather, as wind chills this cold can freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes. If possible, please stay indoors during this time. If you must go outdoors, limit your time and pets’ time outside and ensure you are dressed properly for this level of cold.
“As a City, we stand ready to respond to the once-in-a-generation weather that is upon us,” Mayor Steve Chirico said. “Our public safety, public works, and utilities have staffing plans and resources in place to respond to all issues that arise due to the extreme cold. We have also met with our community partners to plan a coordinated response to this significant event and help ensure the safety of our residents. I ask that you showcase the generosity and compassion this community is known for and check in frequently on neighbors and friends, especially the elderly and those with special needs. Please keep the safety of your pets and all animals in mind and bring them inside during this time.”
The City has prepared an extensive list of cold weather resources to protect yourself, loved ones and property at https://www.naperville.il.us/severecold. If you are concerned about a loved one’s well-being during this period of dangerous cold, contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 to arrange for a non-emergency wellness check.
City Service Cancellations
Waste Management and Groot, the City’s garbage and recycling contractors, will not collect garbage and recycling on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of this week. At this time Groot anticipates a delayed 7 a.m. service start on Thursday, Jan. 31. The Electronics Recycling Center at the City’s Environmental Collection Campus is closed both Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 due to the extreme cold weather, and the Recycling Drop-Off Center is closed Jan. 30.
In addition, the Naperville Police Department will not be offering fingerprinting services to residents on Jan. 30.
Additional City service cancellations will be communicated via the City’s website at https://www.naperville.il.us/severecold. Residents with questions about an organization’s closures or cancelations should reach out directly to that organization for the most up-to-date information.
Important Safety Tips
• If you must be outdoors, dress in layers.
• Be aware of the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
• Make sure body parts most often affected by frostbite are covered in warm, dry clothing. These include your nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin and fingers.
• Wear hats, scarves, face masks, and mittens or gloves.
• This weather is deadly to animals if left outdoors. Bring your pets indoors. If you see an animal outdoors in distress, contact Naperville Animal Control at (630) 420-6178.
• To help prevent frozen pipes in your home, allow water to drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes, which are those in unheated interior areas (basements, garages) or those that run against exterior walls. If your pipes freeze, do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device to heat them. If you cannot thaw your pipes, call a licensed plumber. If your pipes burst, make sure you shut off your water service at the main shut-off valve at your home.
• Be extremely cautious when using space heaters. Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including paper, clothing, or rugs. Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces and plug them directly into a wall outlet.
• Make sure furnace vents are clear of snow and ice. High-efficiency furnaces have exhaust vents closer to the first-floor level of homes and must be kept clear.
• Make sure your gas meter is clear of snow and ice to keep it in working order.
• Ensure you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle. Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car to prevent fuel lines from freezing.
• Do not warm your vehicle up in an enclosed area, such as your garage, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
• This cold weather will likely lead to black ice on roadways and sidewalks, and road salt is not effective at these temperatures. Please use extreme caution driving and walking the next few days.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.