ARCTIC BLAST: Schools Announce Monday Closures

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Some schools are already opting to close Monday due to the impending dangerous cold.

Mason City, Fairfield and Hampton-Dumont school districts have already cancelled classes for Monday.

Wind chills are expected to drop as low as -40 Sunday night.

The Des Moines school district says it will decide nearer the time. The district says its main concern is for students waiting outside for the bus.

The last time Des Moines canceled school solely because of the cold was January 15, 2009.

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While the forecasted cold is impacting students, the Red Cross is offering suggestions to homeowners on safely dealing with the arctic blast.

They advise to never use a stove or oven to heat your home as it’s a fire hazard. They add if you are using a space heater put it on a level, hard surface. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away. Also, turn it off before you leave the room or go to bed.

To avoid frozen pipes, they say  run the water, even a trickle will help.

Also, open the cabinet doors under your kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

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And finally, keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repairs if your pipes freeze and burst.