Keep yourself and your home safe during freezes
Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures below freezing for the New Year’s weekend. Here are some reminders about coping with it.
- Keep warm. When going outside, remember to layer your clothing, wear gloves and a hat to prevent losing body heat.
- Check on elderly or infirm neighbors. They may need extra blankets, help in winterizing or even a warm place to stay.
- Bring your pets inside at night…or the entire time the freeze endures.
- Cover tender plants or for especially tender plants, bring them inside.
- For larger plants like citrus, spray with water beforethe freeze. The water will freeze, but the ice that forms will insulate the leaves of the plant.
- Make sure your backflow preventer is drained, if youhave not already done so. View this video to see how.
- Cover exposed pipes to keep them from freezing and/or breaking.
- Residents should report water outages to 855-h2o-save (855-4236-7283) day or night.
- Remember the three-feet rule: if you are using a space heater, place it on a hard, level surface and keep it at least three feet from anything flammable.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure that fireplace embers are out before going to bed.
- Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to leave your water running. You may want to open doors under sinks both in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- In the case of a power outage, do not run a generator inside the home, garage, or a basement.
- Do not hook up a generator to your home’s wiring. Connect the appliance directly to the generator.