Expect extreme cold weather for the Myrtle Beach area

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Extreme cold is expected through Wednesday for the Myrtle Beach area. The National Weather Service is predicting overnight lows of 19 degrees for Monday and Tuesday in Myrtle Beach.

The daytime high Tuesday is expected to be 32 degrees, with a wind chill (apparent temperature) of 7 degrees.  Temperatures will gradually moderate later in the week, but expect extremely cold weather well into Wednesday.

With that in mind, here are safety and fire-prevention tips to consider.

  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives to be sure they are comfortable.
  • Bring pets indoors or provide a warm shelter for them.
  • Space heaters need space. Keep everything at least three feet away from them.
  • Non-electric portable heaters should be properly vented.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn them off when leaving or going to bed.
  • Never plug an electric heater into an extension cord.
  • Do not use an oven to heat your home.
  • Use a study fireplace screen on the fireplace and have your chimney cleaned and checked at least once a year.
  • Have working smoke detectors in all bedrooms and on every level of your home.
  • If traveling extended distances, pack a blanket and additional warm clothing.

Below-freezing weather for an extended period can mean plumbing problems for some homes.  These precautions may help keep pipes from freezing in extreme cold.

  • Close crawl space vents.
  • Disconnect the garden hose from the spigot.
  • Insulate around outside spigots.
  • Leave a light on in the utility room.
  • Allow a trickle of water to run from a faucet.

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