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December 20, 2022

Are you prepared for the freezing temperatures?

While rare, Texas does experience freezing temperatures. The idea of freezing temperatures may send you into a tizzy, but with a little preparation we’ll be ready to take on whatever mother nature brings our way.

Photo of tree limbs with ice.

Protect the 4 P’s

When temperatures drop, it’s important to remember to protect the 4 Ps (People, Pets, Pipes and Plants.)

People

  • Limit your time outside. If and when you go outside, be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing or layer warm clothing to avoid hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature).
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who may need help winterizing.

Pets

  • Pets should be brought indoors or provided with a warm place to sleep. If you are cold, they are too!

Pipes

  • Protect outdoor facets and pipes with covers.
  • Let cold water faucets drip indoors and open cabinets with plumbing to circulate heat to prevent pipes from freezing.

Plants

  • Cover plants that will not withstand the cold or bring them indoors.

Driving Conditions

Always use extra caution when driving in any type of inclement weather.

  • Remove ice from your vehicle before you drive.
  • Slow down. Rain, sleet, and snow can limit visibility, giving drivers less time to recognize danger.
  • Ensure windshield wipers, headlights and tail lights are functioning properly.
  • Overpasses and bridges pose the greatest risk of icing. Take extra precautions when driving over them.
  • Report downed powerlines or trees by calling 979.822.3777 or online.
  • Traveling out of town? Check driving conditions on Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) roads before leaving, by visiting DriveTexas.org.

Stay Warm and Safe

Here are some tips for staying safe and warm.

Energy Tips from Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU)

  • Set thermostats as low as comfortably possible.
  • Avoid raising the set point by more than two degrees at a time to avoid triggering auxiliary heat strips that use a great deal of energy. This is especially true for electric heat pumps.

Space Heaters

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a room with a space heater.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from the heater. Space Heaters Need Space!
  • Never overload outlets or breakers.
  • A heater should never be used with an extension cord.
  • Remove lint and dust from electric heaters permanently installed in the wall or ceiling. Lint and dust will burn!

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Never use an oven, patio heater, outdoor fire pit or grill to heat your home.
  • If you have to use a generator, keep it outside of your home and garage.

Stay Informed

Local Alerts

In emergencies, the Brazos Community Emergency Operations Center may send out notifications via text message.

City Social Media

Follow city social media channels for up-to-date notices.

Know the Terms

Advisories: Be Aware
Watches: Be Prepared
Warnings: Take Action

Resources

 
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