With temperatures already dropping below freezing, we need to remember to bring in our pets and plants indoors and take precautions to protect our cars and home. Being from Pennsylvania myself, I understand the dangers of cold weather. We have living in Texas now for over 10 years, and although the cold here is nothing like the cold up North, there are still some precautions that we need to take to be on the safe side.
Summer plants to be brought inside if possible. If the pots are too big to move or it’s permanent year round, you should at least cover them with a sheet or light blanket. Just be sure that it’s not too heavy that it forces the plant down or breaks it branches.
For any pipes that are exposed outdoors, you should insulate them with foam or fiberglass plumbing pipe wrap insulation that can be purchased at Lowes or Home Depot. You can also open your kitchen or bathroom cabinets to let the heat circulate and keep your indoor pipes warm. Some even go so far as to suggest allowing water to drip from your faucet overnight to help prevent your pipes from freezing but Houston really does’t get that deep of a freeze to warrant that.
*Be sure to know where your main water shut off valve is just in case!
For your pet, just realize that like people, their tolerance level will vary. Some of that depends on their breed, activity level, their coat, body fat, and health. Some weather can also worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Simple be aware of their tolerance level and adjust their time outdoors accordingly.
Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. Just because they has fur doesn’t mean that they are not susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. You may need to adjust their sleeping arrangements as well by providing a blanket or pillow (especially if you have tile or wood flooring).
One closing thought is to also keep your vehicle prepared for the colder weather. The cold can effect your battery, tire pressure, and time needed to warm up the engine and fluids. It’s a good idea to “winterize” your car/truck and keep your gas tank full.
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