Air pipes

Extreme cold affecting movement, channeling and health

DENVER (KDVR) – The record cold is affecting the Coloradans in several ways.

“I hate that!” said a bundled up woman as she waited to catch a light rail in Denver.

Done Plumbing and Heating was busy Wednesday helping customers with frozen pipes. The team descended into the crawl space of an Aurora home and heated the pipe until it thawed.

“The tenant said he hadn’t run the water in over 24 hours, and with a cold spell like this, it could definitely cause the pipes to freeze,” said Chris Duncan, of Done Plumbing and Heating.

Unfortunately, these types of temperatures can also send people to the local emergency department.

“The most common thing we see right now is respiratory illness exacerbated by cold air,” said Jason Carney, director of emergency services at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver.

“It’s much more difficult to breathe deeply when the cold air is as extreme as it is right now, and that often exacerbates young children with asthma or adults with COPD and makes it very difficult,” Carney said. .