• Prepare for a Green Country freeze

    By: Greg Brown

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    TULSA, Okla. - It's that time of the year again, and people throughout Green Country should prepare for cold.

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    FOX23 found out what you can do to make sure your home is ready for the coming winter.

    As it cools down, you may need to take extra steps to be safe.

    Seasonal Safety

    Stay inside during winter storms, and be sure to be careful walking over snow and ice. When doing work outside, make sure to avoid overexertion, as heart attacks are a major cause of death in the winter. You may want to stretch before going outside.

    Stay dry in the cold. Wet clothing transmits cold rapidly. If you fear someone has hypothermia, get the victim to a warm location, remove any wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and seek medical help.

    Home Preparation

    To prepare your home for the cold, Energy.gov recommends that you clean out your gutters, do what you can to keep your home sealed from the outdoors, clean your furnace, and make sure your ducts are properly sealed.

    The Red Cross urges you to drain your swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Do not put antifreeze in the lines unless directed. You should also remove, drain and store hoses you use outdoors. Close inside valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs and open the outside hose bibs so water can drain. Keep the outside valve open so any water remaining in the pipe can expand without busting the pipe.

    Make sure other pipes are insulated. You may consider using products like heat tape or newspaper to insulate water pipes.

    If you turn on a pipe and only a trickle comes out, the Red Cross says you may have a frozen pipe. Keep the faucet open, apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame.

    Car Care

    Drive only if it’s absolutely necessary, and travel doing the day, if possible. Stay on main roads, top off your antifreeze and other fluids, check your tires’ tread. You may keep salt or sand in your trunk. You may want to keep a blanket, gloves, bottled water, a flashlight and a first aid kit in your vehicle.

    Plant Preparation

    Before it freezes, make sure to bring your plants inside if possible and cover those that you can’t bring inside. Be sure to continue to water your plants throughout the winter.

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