City of Tulsa: Automatic sprinklers are hazardous in cold temperatures

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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 2/03 8:41 pm Published: 2/03 8:37 pm

A winter-weather advisory from the city of Tulsa was put into effect Monday for anyone with automatic sprinklers in the yard.

FOX23 spoke with the City of Tulsa’s public information officer, Bob Bledsoe, who helped explain why automatic sprinklers are an area danger during the cold temperatures.

Winters that bring consistent sub-freezing temperatures like Tulsa’s current season can create a problem around the city with people with automatic lawn sprinkling systems who forget to turn them off.

"With the temperatures way below freezing and the sprinkler comes on it can create a hazard for pedestrians on the sidewalk, in parking lots, or even in the streets," Bledsoe said."

If it's their sprinkler that makes a slick spot that causes someone to break a bone, or wreck a car, or even worse."

The good news with this problem is that it's easily preventable.

"When the temperatures are low, and below freezing, turn off the sprinkler systems," said Bledsoe.

"Our crews are busy trying to keep the streets passable, and deal with the ice that mother nature brought us, and all of a sudden they have to go treat a hot spot, or a cold spot if you will, caused by somebody's sprinkler."

Bledsoe said the city sees this problem with family-owned property but also private businesses and he hopes that now and in the future, this is another winter weather process everyone's aware of.

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