Letter From Folly Police Chief, Andrew Gilreath


February brings a reminder to prioritize cold weather safety for ourselves and our loved ones. Whether you’re a cold weather enthusiast or prefer the warmth indoors, here are some tips to ensure everyone stays safe and well during the chilly months.

Layer Up and Stay Warm: As temperatures drop, it’s crucial to dress in layers to retain body heat. Bundle up with insulated clothing, hats, scarves, and gloves to protect yourself from the cold. Proper attire not only keeps you warm but also reduces the risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

Home Heating Safety: When we seek refuge from the cold indoors, it’s crucial to practice safe heating habits. Keep space heaters away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended. Ensure that chimneys and heating systems are well-maintained and use carbon monoxide detectors to monitor indoor air quality.

Protect your Pets: Our furry friends also need protection from the cold. Provide adequate shelter and ensure they have warm bedding. Limit outdoor exposure, especially during extreme weather.

Protect your pipes: Exposed pipes, especially those on outside walls or under elevated homes are at the highest risk. Install insulation, open cabinet doors, let faucets slowly drip. If you are going to be away, make sure you have a friend or neighbor keeping an eye out for the signs of busted pipes.

Check on Neighbors: Let’s embody the spirit of community by checking on our neighbors, especially those who may need assistance during the colder months. A simple phone call or offer to help with groceries can make a significant difference. Embrace the calm, peacefulness that winter months bring while prioritizing the safety of our community. By following these tips and looking out for one another, we can ensure that everyone stays warm, and healthy.

As always, if you see something suspicious, please call 843-588-2433.

Stay safe and cozy,

Chief Andrew Gilreath – agilreath@follybeach.gov