Cold Weather Tips

It looks like autumn finally caught up with Austin. Are you prepared?

Disconnect garden hoses during cold weather.
Disconnect garden hoses during cold weather.
photo by Quinn Dombrowski/Wikimedia Commons

Took you long enough, winter.

Many Austinites were still rocking T-shirts this weekend, as temperatures climbed to near 80 degrees. But a cool front blew through last night, and overnight lows tonight are expected to drop to freezing. Before they do, make sure you have everything in order:

• Disconnect garden hoses from faucets.

• Wrap exposed pipes to insulate them.

• If you haven't already, turn off all irrigation systems.

• Locate your water shut-off valve in case of a burst pipe.

• During prolonged freezes (yeah, right), let indoor faucets drip slowly.

• Cover large plants with sheets or blankets; move smaller, potted plants indoors whenever possible.

• Keep pets indoors.

• Make sure space heaters are on level, nonflammable surfaces.

Consider this a dry run before our first hard freeze of the year. This time, it's just a quick dip to cooler temps; we'll be back up into the 70s by the weekend.

Contact Austin Water or Austin Energy with any questions, or dial 311.

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