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Protecting pipes and property from extreme cold

Record-breaking cold air moves in late on Tuesday

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 1:08 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 6:14 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Extremely cold air will make its way to Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio on Tuesday night. The National Weather Service says this cold air could cause damage to both life and property.

Protecting your life is as easy as staying inside if possible and wearing multiple layers, but some of your property may be at risk. The two biggest risks: your pipes and your car.

To help protect your pipes,

- Pipes on exterior walls need to be insulated.

- Open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around the pipes.

- Let a pencil lead-sized stream of lukewarm water flow from the faucet to help stop freezing.

- Keep your thermostat on same temperature day and night to keep a consistent air temperature.

- Know where the main water valve is in case you need to turn it off.

Driving during extreme cold conditions can be tough on your car.

- Make sure your car battery is fully charged so it turns over in the morning.

- Check your tire pressure before leaving because pressure decreases as temperatures drop.

- Have an emergency car kit that includes blankets, hand and foot warmers, and a phone charger among other things if you get stuck.

- If possible, warm your car up for as little time as possible and remember your car may become a target of thieves if you leave it running unattended.

More weather safety resources can be found in the links below.

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.Html

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/winter-car-care-tips-frigid-weather/

http://cscinsurance.com/protect-your-car-from-cold-weather/

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