Cold Weather Safety Tips
Protect People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants
As extreme cold weather approaches, remember "The Four P's"
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- FEMA - Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
- National Weather Service - Safety Tips & Resources
- CDC - Extreme Cold Safety
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Keeping Your Home Safe
- Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.
- The City does not turn off the water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
- If a pipe bursts:
- Locate and shut off water at the main valve
- If the main valve cannot be located, call 311 or 281-275-2900 and the city's utility staff will come and turn off the water at the meter
- Call a plumber
- Learn how to drain your sprinkler system to prevent freezing
- 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.
Portable Space Heater Safety
Portable space heaters are often used to heat rooms and homes. If not used properly, they can cause fires, severe injuries, and death. If using a portable heater, remember these important safety tips:
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.
- Keep heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including furniture, carpets, curtains, and people.
- Place heaters on solid, non-flammable surfaces.
- Never block exits with a heater and keep them out of the way of foot traffic.
- Keep children away from heaters.
- Always plug heaters directly into wall outlets – NEVER use an extension cord.
- Turn off and unplug space heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.