A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from late Friday night until Saturday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to dip into the upper teens at night over the weekend. Please be sure to take the necessary precautions in regards to freezing temperatures.
Frozen pipes can lead to a big mess. Here are a few tips for guidance on avoiding weather-related disasters at home:
- Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight, preferably through a faucet on an outside wall.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets so warmer air can circulate below the sinks.
- Know the locations of your shut-off valves, in case a pipe bursts.
- Shut off any outdoor spigots and bring in hoses
If you haven’t already taken steps to protect your plants, here a few ways to care for them during the cold weather:
- Bring your smaller container plants, especially succulents, indoors. Mulch or cover outdoor plants with straw, blankets or cardboard.
- Be sure to turn off automatic sprinklers, detach hoses from faucets and wrap the faucets to protect outdoor pipes.
- Don’t worry if plant leaves wilt; they protect themselves against cold by dehydrating themselves. Given time, most will perk back up
Pet owners should take special precautions with their animals during freezing temperatures. It’s best to keep all pets indoors.
Cats will curl up against almost anything to stay warm, including car engines. Before you turn your engine on, check beneath the car or make plenty of noise by honking the horn.
Thanks for your attention and stay warm!