Over the next couple days, temperatures are set to fall down to freezing levels. Temperatures in North and West Harris County are expected to get below freezing for extended periods overnight. Per our previous posts on cold weather safety, it is best to practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:
- Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
- Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
- Wind chill is expected to be in the low 20s Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
- Bring your pets indoors.
- Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.
- Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
- Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes, and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.
- We have seen a lot of green-up and bloom due to the rain over the last few weeks. Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
- Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.
Additionally, there are a few vehicle safety tips to observe during winter weather: