Frost Drill

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Good warmer morning!
    Wise adults set up "fire drills" for young people, in order to train them to react quickly and properly in case of fire. When the temperature is excessively high, you can expect a call from the mayor's office, asking people to check on their elderly neighbors and to leave water for the pets. When electricity is cut off, lots of heating systems stop working. At that point, the population should be able to consult a chart that lets people know how long it will take the pipes to freeze at different temperatures. That kind of information should be printed on every calendar. A "frost drill" will then practice shutting off the water coming from the street, and also draining the water from the pipes inside the house. There is no running involve but the damages can be as costly as those caused by fire. The most important thing is to cut off the water supply before the temperature rises above freezing. Some frozen pipes will not leak a single drop for days. Then just when the house feels warm again, comes the deluge. Water will make the floors buckle if you do not get rid of it soon enough. This is a giant setback for a lot of people. Sorry Texas!
Philippe Paul
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