Winter Safety and Preparedness Tips

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The Four "P's"

Winter weather in central Texas can be unpredictable, but when temperatures fall into the 30’s or below remember the four “P’s” of safety.


Keep your family warm and check on any elderly family or neighbors that may need extra blankets, winterizing their homes or a warm place to stay.


Dogs and cats get cold too. Bring them inside at night to keep them healthy and safe.


Either cover plants to keep them warm at night or bring them inside so they can flourish.


Cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks.

Remember to turn off sprinklers when the temperature drops!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Pipes in and around your home are most at risk when temperatures drop below freezing and stay below freezing for a prolonged period of time. In central Texas, this most often occurs in the overnight and early morning hours, but pipes are also at risk during days when temperatures remain below freezing.

Let water drip slowly from both the hot and cold faucets. Just a little bit of continuous movement by water in the pipes will help prevent ice from forming and pipes from rupturing.

  • Open cabinets doors to let warm air reach pipes that are along or near exterior walls.
  • Wrap exposed pipes outside and in unheated areas of your home.
  • Cover outside faucets with pre-made, cold weather (insulation) covers.
  • If you leave home for an extended period of time, do not set the thermostat below 55 degrees F.

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