More winter weather tips

Some weather tips for you and your home.

You'll have to give your car more time to warm-up.  Throw in an emergency kit including some water and a blanket in the car in case you break down.  Always tell someone were you are going and what route you are taking and check in when you leave and arrive at your destination.

Rremember to check on your elderly neighbors and your pets to be sure they're safe and warm.

For your home the following is recommended:

Drip outside faucets 24 hours a day (roughly 5 drops per minute; faster if a hard freeze is expected).

Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls.

In unheated garages, shut water off to washing machines. Turn off both the hot and cold water lines and disconnect them from the back of the washer.  Place both lines in the drain pipe behind the washer and drip the faucets. Water softeners should be protected from freezing temperatures.

Take extra precautions to protect pipes that have frozen in the past.

Businesses and homes that operate landscape sprinkler systems need to shut their systems off to prevent run-off water from freezing on sidewalks and road surfaces.