AMARILLO, Texas -- Cold weather, even if not extreme, can wreak havoc on pipes, plants and people.
Experts have the following tips for preventing damage.
To protect pipes and plumbing, Jim Craig, service manager at Scottco Plumbing and Heating, gives this advice:
* Make sure the heat works.
* Don't keep hoses connected to the outside faucets.
* If the weather stays cold for a long time, letting faucets drip keeps the water moving and retards freezing.
* Open cabinet doors to let heat get to pipes.
* Before the worst-case scenario -- a broken pipe -- learn where the emergency shutoff is.
Protecting plants depends on the type of flora, but take action before the freeze hits, said Jim Reid, owner of Coulter Gardens and Nursery.
Water grass, especially bluegrass and fescue, about twice a month.
For delicate plants, evergreens and semi-deciduous plants, water liberally before the freeze. Plants without leaves need less water.
Trim evergreens and other plants, like roses, that could break under a heavy snow, and in the case of snow, get as much snow off the plants as possible.
Frostbite is always a possibility in cold weather, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
At risk is anyone not dressed properly, exposed for too long or is wet and cold.
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