A Freeze Watch goes into effect tonight with an even colder night Wednesday!
Individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures to protect plants and exposed pipes, provide adequate shelter for animals and ensure proper use of space heaters to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
PROTECTING THE 4 P’s
When cold temperatures are expected it’s important to remember to protect the 4 Ps (People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants).
- People should dress warmly, in layers, to avoid hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature).
- Pets should be brought indoors or provided with a warm place to sleep.
- Pipes that run outside or under a house should be wrapped in pipe insulation to avoid cracks due to water freezing in them.
- Plants may need to be covered or brought inside to avoid frost damage.
Safely Use Space Heaters
As temperatures drop, residents may seek to use portable space heaters to keep warm. The Fire Department reminds residents of the following safety tips:
Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.
Never leave children unattended in a room with a space heater – Children knock over space heaters especially if they are placed on top of wobbly tables or stools and near where the children play.
Children may also stick paper or toys in the grates of the space heaters especially gas space heaters.
- Keep all combustible materials, including yourself at least 3 feet from the heater
- Open face heaters should have a screen
- Provide ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
ELECTRIC HEATER TIPS
- Never overload outlets or breakers
- Don’t use extension cords for the heater. If the cord is hot to the touch, turn off the heater and unplug it!
- Electric heaters permanently installed in the wall or ceiling should have lint and dust removed regularly. Lint and dust will burn!
Prevent Freezing Pipes
To prevent property damage and potential water leaks due to frozen or broken water pipes,
BEFORE FREEZING WEATHER
Wrap exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the home
Remove garden hoses connected to outside faucets
IN FREEZING WEATHER
Open cabinet doors under sinks next to outside walls
In unheated garages, shut off water to washing machines
Take extra precautions to protect pipes that have frozen in the past
Castle Real Estate | 337-480-6555 | www.castlere.com
Castle Real Estate, Inc.
3519 Patrick Street, Suite 255
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 480-6555 Office
(337) 480-6557 Fax