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Posted on: January 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Winter is Back - Be Prepared for Frigid Weather!

close up photo of frost on glass

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisory through Noon on Wed., Jan. 16. Review these tips from the City of Allen to protect your pipes, pets and property.

  • Prevent pipes from bursting at home. Open cabinet doors near pipes to keep warm air circulating and keep faucets on a slight trickle. Know where your water shutoff valve is located in case a leak does occur. 
  • Report leaking or burst pipes. Rapid changes in temperature can put a strain on pipes. Report any leaks or breaks to Allen’s 24-hour water/sewer emergency hotline at 214.509.4530
  • Don’t leave idling cars unattended. Though it may be tempting to let your car warm up before you start driving, don’t walk away with the keys in the ignition. Idling cars are an easy target for thieves. 
  • Use caution with generators and fireplaces. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas that can cause fainting and even death. Never use a generator inside your home, basement, garage or other enclosed space. Keep generators at least 20 feet away from any window, door or vent. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, install a CO detector in your home and replace the battery regularly. If you use a fireplace, inspect and clean the chimney annually and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Don’t ever leave a fire unattended. 
  • Take care of your pets. Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. If they must be outside for extended periods of time, ensure they have a warm, dry shelter protected from the elements. Keep food and water dishes in a warm spot so they won’t freeze. Cats and small wildlife may seek shelter near the warm engines of parked cars, so bang on the hood to scare them away before you start the car.

Due to the potential for severe weather, some City of Allen facilities may have adjusted hours and/or programming may be canceled or postponed. Please call facilities ahead of time before you commute. You can find a full list of facilities with contact information in our online directory

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