Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze

Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze
Exposed pipes need to be covered to protect them from freezing. (Source: Raycom Media)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Below-freezing temperatures are on tap for Tucson and across southern Arizona, so it’s time to prepare and protect your self, your pets and your property.

More snow especially for locations to the south and east of the Tucson metro. Overnight lows dropping to the mid-20s. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Read more about what to expect HERE.

Freezing temperatures mean it’s time to take steps to protect the four P’s - people, pets, plants and pipes - from the cold.

Here are a few suggestions:

PEOPLE

  • Avoid leaving space heaters unattended, especially when leaving home.
  • Keep clothing, other fabrics and combustibles away from heaters.
  • Don't use extension cords with space heaters.

PETS

  • Provide shelter and warm bedding for pets or bring them indoors.
  • Keep in mind that smaller dogs are less tolerant of the cold than bigger dogs.
  • And if it is difficult to keep your cats inside your home, at least provide a small shelter where they can stay.

PLANTS

  • Cover plants, preferably before sunset, or bring them inside.
  • Water your potted plants. Soil holds more heat when wet.
  • Plants with fleshy petals retain more water, making them more susceptible to freezing. You can help protect them and smaller plants by draping them loosely with plastic, a sheet, blanket or burlap.
  • Annuals like begonias and impatiens can start having problems at 55 degrees. Cover them with pine straw, bark, leaves or another type of mulch.

PIPES

  • Cover and insulate exterior pipes and faucets to keep them from freezing and bursting.

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