The City of Hutto's Office of Emergency Management is tracking an Arctic cold front that's forecast to arrive Saturday evening (Jan. 13) and last a few days. Hutto reminds all hippos to follow the four “P’s” of winter weather safety!
- PEOPLE: Before going outside, dress in layers to protect yourself. In addition to keeping those in your own home warm, please check on any elderly neighbors or family at risk in the cold. They may need extra blankets, a warm place to stay, or help winterizing their homes.
- PIPES: Cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks.
- PLANTS: Either cover plants to keep them warm at night, or bring them inside so they can thrive.
- PETS: Dogs and cats get cold, too. Bring your animals inside at night to keep them healthy and safe.
At this point (Tuesday, Jan. 9), the forecast calls for temperatures to dip below freezing Saturday night then drop into the 20s by Tuesday night. There are helpful resources on the Hutto Emergency Management webpage including how to deal with frozen pipes and signing up for emergency alerts!
Here are five more quick tips to keep those you love warm and #winterready:
1. Remember the 3-feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
2. Heat requires supervision. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
3. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
4. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
5. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home ... including in the basement or garage.