Winter Can Bring Severe Weather: Have A Plan

In Texas, winters can bring extremely cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain. These conditions can lead to unsafe roads and dangerous conditions. You can prepare for winter weather before it strikes. Just remember to protect the four P’s: people, pets, pipes and plants.

People

  • Stay inside. Travel only when necessary. Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle.
  • Layer clothing: hats, gloves, and wind-resistant coats.
  • Observe heater safety:
    • Never put a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
    • Keep heat sources 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
    • Never use generators, grills, camp stoves or similar devices indoors.
  • Keep flashlights and extra batteries ready in case the power goes out.

Pets

  • Keep pets inside.
  • Keep pet coats longer in the winter. Short-haired dogs need sweaters and extra blankets.
  • Provide outdoor pets with a dry, draft-free shelter.
  • Use plastic bowls for outdoor pets and put out extra food and water.

Pipes

  • Wrap outside exposed faucets and pipes with foam coverings or towels.
  • In freezing temperatures, let your indoor faucets drip.
  • Drain water hoses, and store them indoors.
  • Know where the water shut-off valve is in case you are away during freezing temperatures.

Plants

  • Bring potted plants inside or store in a garage.
  • Add plenty of soil and heavily water plants before the freeze hits.
  • Cover cold-sensitive plants.

Winter is here and you can avoid dangerous problems by planning ahead. For more winter safety tips, visit TexasPrepares.org.

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Last updated January 18, 2018