Protecting yourself, your family, neighbors and pets during a freezeKeep 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.

  1. Keep warm. When going outside, remember to layer your clothing, wear gloves and a hat to prevent losing body heat.
  2. Check on elderly or infirm neighbors. They may need extra blankets, help in winterizing or even a warm place to stay.
  3. Bring your pets inside at night…or the entire time the freeze endures.
  4. Cover tender plants or for especially tender plants, bring them inside.
  5. 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.
  6. Make sure your backflow preventer is drained, if youhave not already done so. View this video to see how.
  7. Cover exposed pipes to keep them from freezing and/or breaking.
  8. Residents should report water outages to 855-h2o-save (855-4236-7283) day or night.
  9. 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.
  10. Turn off space heaters and make sure that fireplace embers are out before going to bed.
  11. 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.
  12. In the case of a power outage, do not run a generator inside the home, garage, or a basement.
  13. Do not hook up a generator to your home’s wiring. Connect the appliance directly to the generator.