Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze - Tucson News Now

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

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Temperatures will drop below freezing in most of southern Arizona tonight for the first time this season.

The Tucson area is under a hard freeze watch overnight Thursday as temperatures are expected drop to the upper 20s with a lot of wind. 

The KOLD News 13 weather team has called a First Alert Action Day due to the weather. Read more about what to expect HERE.

That mean it's time to take steps to protect the P's - people, pets, plants and pipes - from the cold.

Here are a few suggestions:

PEOPLE

  • Avoid leaving 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 smaller 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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