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Preparing for Cold Weather

It's happening a little earlier than usual for the Sugar Land area, but winter weather is here. Below is preparedness info from the City of Sugar Land.

How to Prepare for Extreme Cold Conditions

When the temperatures drop below freezing, residents are encouraged to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools. The City does not turn off water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.

Basic Tips to Remember

· Make a family communication plan and discuss with your family.

· Make an emergency kit.

· Bring pets inside.

· If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repel-lent.

· Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.

· Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

· Always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping.

Home Safety

· Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.

· Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

· Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.

· Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide related deaths are highest during colder months.

· Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.

· Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

Irrigation Systems

· Sprinkler System Diagram Showing How to Drain Your Sprinkler System to Prevent Freezing

If a pipe bursts

· Shut off water at the main valve

· If main valve cannot be located, call 281-275-2450 and the City's Utility Staff will come and turn off water at the meter

· Call a plumber

Helpful Links

· FEMA - Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

· National Weather Service - Safety Tips & Resources

· CDC - Extreme Cold Safety

· CDC - Indoor Safety During a Winter Storm

· Red Cross - Top Ten Cold Weather Safety Tips

· NIH - Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

Video on Sprinkler System Breaker Protection:

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