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Check out these winter weather tips and resources

As the weather gets colder, don’t forget the 4 Ps – People, Pets, Plants and Pipes.

Protect People – Dress children in warm fabrics like fleece and wool. Dress in layers when they go outside. Cover their extremities with gloves and hats. Warm boots and gloves are essential since toes and fingers are most prone to frostbite. Make sure the children cover their ears and nose and wear a hat to prevent heat loss from the head. Children should come inside often to limit exposure to the cold. Elderly people who live alone need to be checked on during cold days to make sure they are clothing themselves properly and that they are using heating resources properly. Make sure they have extra blankets to warm themselves in case of power outages. Help protect them from cold by making sure they are eating and drinking regularly and that they are getting enough rest. 

Be extra careful when using supplemental heating and be sure all heating equipment is at least 3 feet away from materials such as drapes or chairs. Do not leave a fireplace unattended and do not use flammable liquid to start a fire in the fireplace. Check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working properly.

Protect Pets –  If you are cold, then your pet is cold, too. Pets, especially small pets like cats or puppies, should be brought inside. Do not leave your pet in your car during cold weather. Your vehicle actually turns into a refrigerator, holding the cold in. If you cannot bring your pet inside, make sure they have a warm, dry place to sleep and plenty of food and water.

Protect Plants – Cover plants with a cardboard box or blanket to protect them from freezing temperatures. Potted plants should be taken inside. If you choose to leave them outside, wrap completely and near the bottom of the container. Check your plant following the freeze and apply a small amount of water to thaw the soil.

Protect Pipes – Remember to protect your pipes.  Insulate your pipes with cloth or similar material to help prevent freezing. Run at least one water faucet in the house/business at a thin stream, which will lower the risk of broken water lines during freezing conditions. Turn off sprinkler systems that flow into roadways. Leaving sprinkler systems on could cause the water to turn to ice which will create a road hazard.

Check out tips for winter weather and stay up-to-date on information with these links from the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) and some of our partners: