Hot tips for fight­ing the cold

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Be­low-zero tem­per­a­tures can freeze pipes, cars and pets. Here are some tips for sur­viv­ing the deep freeze:

At 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 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.

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