Below-zero temperatures can freeze pipes, cars and pets. Here are tips for for surviving a deep freeze:
What to do for your home
- If necessary, open cabinet doors to increase the amount of interior heat for a vulnerable pipe.
- Dripping water can relieve pressure that builds up in a pipe subject to below-freezing temperatures. But it does waste water, so use this technique only on a faucet connected to a pipe that may freeze.
- Make sure garden hoses are not connected to outside hose bibs.
- If you suspect a frozen pipe, leave the faucet open while you apply a heating pad, or use a blow dryer to warm at the site you suspect is frozen. Do NOT use a torch or space heater inside a wall to warm a pipe.
- Don’t overload outlets with space heaters or electric blankets.
- Don’t use a kitchen stove to warm the house.
What to do for your car
- Turn off all accessories (radio, heater, etc.) before cranking the engine.
- Warm up your car in an open garage, parking lot or on the street before driving. If your engine is fuel injected, do not press the accelerator until the engine has warmed. Stay with your car while it is warming.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
- The radiator reservoir should have a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
- Do not use hot water to clear windshields or thaw door locks. It could crack the glass.
- Keep a cold-weather kit in your car, including blanket, flashlight, flares and sand or cat litter to provide traction if stuck.
What to do you for your pets
- Neighborhood animals, especially cats, may snuggle up to a warm car engine. Bang on the hood before starting to give them a chance to get away.
- Even with their fur, temperatures as low as those expected can be dangerous. Bring pets inside. But if you absolutely can’t, provide your pet with a comfortable spot and shelter from the wind.
- Wipe off your dog’s paws and underside with a wet, warm towel after walking outside. Dogs will lick themselves clean and may not tolerate chemicals picked up from roads.
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Source: The Denver Post