A winter storm throughout the Hudson Valley and East Coast is dumping snow and ice with record cold temperatures and wind chills below 0 degrees.
You may want to double check your car to make sure you do not leave items in on list below left with frigid temperatures freezing temperatures.
- Loved Ones and Pets - Believe it or not, many people need to be reminded not to leave loved ones and pets in car. Even for limited amounts of time in an unheated vehicle could be dangerous especially for children and elderly people. They can be more susceptible to hypothermia at cold temperatures, with symptoms such as shivering, confusion and exhaustion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- A Low Gas Tank - You can help prevent your car's fuel lines from freezing by making sure you gas tank is at least half-full. It's also a good idea to check fluids, such as antifreeze. The cold can affect tire pressure. "A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause a 10% reduction, or constriction, of air in tires. So tire pressure can be affected from day to night temperature," according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
- Cellphones - Apple advises against storing the iPhone or iPad at temperatures below negative-four degrees, and they shouldn't be operated at temperatures lower than 32-degrees. Similarly, Samsung phones and other electronics issue the same advisory. “Lithium-ion batteries popular in cellphones are the most vulnerable component to cold,” USA TODAY reports. They should work fine once they warm back up, but repeated exposure could cause problems.
- Soda or beer – Water expands when it freezes and for canned liquids that means they can explode. “The freeze temperature for Coca-Cola is 30-degrees, and the temperature for beer that's 5% alcohol by volume is 27-degrees (higher-alcohol beers freeze at lower temperatures),” NJ.com reported.
- Musical Instruments – When objects freeze, they contract which can cause tuning issues and more serious damage like cracking. "Damage can be done when an instrument shrinks as a result of the cold air. If your instrument is made of real wood, the cold air can cause cracking, which is very expensive to repair. Sometimes they are broken beyond repair," according toThe Real School of Music.
- Eggs – Eggs shouldn’t be allowed to freeze in their shells. If this happens, throw away any cracked ones. You can thaw cracked ones in the refrigerator right before use. "These can be hard cooked successfully, but other uses may be limited. That's because freezing causes the yolk to become thick and syrupy so it will not flow like an unfrozen yolk or blend very well with the egg white or other ingredients," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.
- Canned Foods – Same as the soda or beer, water expands when it freezes causing the can to crack open, spoiling the contents. "If the product doesn't look and/or smell normal, throw it out. DO NOT TASTE IT! If the seams have rusted or burst, throw the cans out immediately, wrapping the burst can in plastic and disposing the food where no one, including animals can get it," according to the USDA.
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Source: USA Today