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

Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze
(Source: Raycom Media)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Temperatures will drop below freezing in most of southern Arizona tonight for the first time in a while.

Parts of southern Arizona above 4,500 feet are under a winter weather advisory from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Most of the Tucson area will see near freezing temperatures Tuesday night and then rain and wind Wednesday.

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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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