Hot tips for fighting the cold
Below-zero temperatures can freeze pipes, cars and pets. Here are some tips for surviving the deep freeze:
• 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 belowfreezing temperatures. But it does waste water, so use this technique sparingly..
• Make sure garden hoses are disconnected outside.
• Don’t overload outlets with space heaters or electric blankets.
• Don’t use a kitchen stove or oven to warm the house.
In the 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.
• Keep a cold-weather kit in your car, including blanket, flashlight, flares, and sand or cat litter to provide traction if stuck.
For your pets
• Neighborhood animals, especially cats, might snuggle up to a warm car engine, so 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.