Protecting Your Pets, Plants and Property During Below-Freezing Temperatures

With below-freezing temperatures in this week’s forecast, the City of Arlington wants to remind residents to be safe at home and on the road. Here’s a handy check list on how to protect your property, pipes, plants and pets during these chilly days and nights. And help keep our streets free of ice by turning off those automated outdoor sprinkler systems at your home or business!

Preparing for Freezing Temperatures

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside a home or enclosed area because  carbon monoxide poisoning from these types of units can be fatal.
  • Allow hot and cold water to slowly drip from inside faucets.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to expose pipes to heat within the house.
  • Wrap exposed exterior pipes and faucets with foam insulation or newspaper.
  • Wrap pipes located in attics or garages with heat tape or cover them with pipe insulation.
  • Turn off your outdoor irrigation system and only run it manually when needed this winter.
  • Remove garden hoses from outside faucets.
  • Cover all openings around the foundation.
  • If planning to be out of town for an extended time, turn off water to the house and open faucets to reduce pressure.
  • Never leave pets outdoors when temperatures drop below freezing. Dogs need outdoor exercise, so avoid keeping them out for lengthy periods during icy weather.
  • During cold weather, warm automobile engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked vehicles attract small animals seeking warmth. To avoid injury to a hidden animal, bang on your vehicle’s hood before starting your engine.
  • Bring plants inside. Use a sheet or blanket to cover those that must remain outside.
  • If water pipes become frozen, let them thaw naturally by exposing warmer air to the pipes. Never try to thaw pipes using hair dryers or other forms of heat!
  • If you do not have a private water cutoff valve, and need help with turning your water off, call 817-275-5931 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 817-459-5900 after hours and on weekends.