Though the South has seen unseasonably warm temperatures, the National Weather Service announced that a cold snap will be moving through the region this New Year's holiday.
Here are five tips to help you prepare your home for the impending freezing temperatures.
Don't forget your gutters
Gutters can wreak havoc on your home if you do not take precautions.
Dirt and debris are known factors in filling up your gutters. When cold weather moves in, that dirt and debris can cause ice to build up.
The weight of ice and debris could cause roof and gutter damage. So, remember to clean those gutters out before the cold weather creeps in.
Protect pipes and water lines or risk severe damage
Pipes and water lines are two of the most important items to protect during these cold temperatures.
Install heat tape in areas prone to freezing.
To prevent lines from freezing, leave your faucets dripping and open your under-the-sink cabinet. This helps to keep warm air moving heating up your indoor water lines.
Window sealant protection
Do not forget drafts that can sneak in under those doors and windows.
Weatherstripping and insulation around windows and doors can help eliminate drafts that can cause your home energy bill to climb.
Keep your car safe
Make sure to keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle. This reduces the risk of ice forming in your fuel lines.
This is also a safety precaution if you are unable to get to your local gas station due to winter weather.
Plants and pets need your help
Cold weather can be particularly hard on plants.
If you are able to store your potted plants inside, bring them in during these cold temperatures.
Like people, dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Bring them inside to keep them warm, cozy and safe.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times, a part of the USA TODAY Network. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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