NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – As cold weather approaches, it’s important to prepare for the cold temperatures by protecting yourself, your pets, your plants and your pipes.
Here’s a guide to help you protect “Four PS”.
- Layered clothing: Dress in layers to trap heat and stay warm. Use thermal or insulated clothing for extra protection from the cold.
- Safety accessories: Wear gloves, hats, and scarves to protect exposed skin from frostbite. Choose waterproof and windproof materials for added protection.
- Shoes: Invest in insulated and waterproof boots to keep feet dry and warm.
Check on people who are more vulnerable to cold conditions such as neighboring children and the elderly.
- Warm Shelter: Provide a comfortable and insulated shelter for outdoor pets. Make sure the bed is dry and comfortable. Consider bringing them inside and limiting outside time.
- Appropriate clothing: Consider pet jackets or sweaters for dogs with short fur. Protect paws during walks in icy conditions with pet-safe booties.
- Hydration: Make sure pets have access to unfrozen water. Adjust their diet to meet increased energy needs in cold weather.
- Cover sensitive plants: Use burlap or frost cloth to protect delicate plants from frost. Bring potted plants indoors or in a sheltered location. Know the temperature range of your plants.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to insulate the roots. Mulch helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
- Watering: Water plants before freezing to provide extra insulation. Avoid overwatering, as saturated soil can damage the roots.
- Insulation: Insulate exposed pipes with pipe sleeves or wraps. Pay attention to pipes in attics, basements and crawl spaces.
- Dripping Faucet: Let the faucet drip to prevent water from freezing in the pipes. This small, continuous flow can prevent pipe bursts.
- Disconnect the hoses: Disconnect the outdoor hoses and drain the remaining water. Store hoses indoors to prevent damage.
Also prepare for power outages. You should be equipped with extra batteries; flashlight battery-powered NOAA weather radio; and an emergency source of heat in the event of a power outage, such as a fireplace or space heater.
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