Here are some tips and resources to help you when cold weather arrives.
Winter storms and cold weather can cause frozen or burst pipes.
Consumer Reports offers these tips:
- Insulate pipes - Keep garage doors closed - Open kitchen/bath cabinet doors - Let cold water drip from faucets - Don’t set the thermostat back at night - Add insulation around pipes - Add insulation to attics and crawl spaces
When you are outside, frostbite and hypothermia are possible so you need to protect yourself. - Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. - Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind. - Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold. - Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
Cold weather is hard on your pets, too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has lots of tips, including:
- If it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Bring pets indoors when temperatures dip. - Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. - Wash and dry your pet's feet after walks to remove salt and chemicals - Keep pets away from antifreeze, including areas where antifreeze may drip from a vehicle.