Protecting the "Four P's" from the Arctic Blast!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 11:36am

People, Pets, Pipes and Plants...the “Four P's” we need to protect anytime freezing temperatures pop up in the forecast.

According to weather officials, an arctic blast of this magnitude, is something we haven't seen in a very long time.

"The last time we had a long duration event, which lasted three or more days, and was like this was in February 1989.” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith.

With temperatures dipping below the freezing mark during the overnight hours for the next few days, News Center 23 offers a few reminders.

First thing to protect: People!

It's advised that family members or neighbors make sure to check on elderly citizens to ensure they have what they need to stay warm and safe during the arctic blast.

"Many people are acclimated to warmer weather, so it would be a shock to the system if you're not bundled up and could cause some potentially life threatening circumstances, especially Thursday." said Goldsmith.

The second “P”, for many, they're just like family,Pets.

City officials are reminding pet owners to bring their animals in tonight and over the next few evenings.

"After the temperature hits 32 degrees the animal needs to be enclosed in the house either in the garage or into a room where they’re enclosed so it can be protected from the wind chill." said Brownsville Animal Control Officer, Robert Dippong.

Aside from the dangerous health risks, leaving an animal outside could also cost you a ticket, as it's against the law to do so when the temperature is below 32 degrees.

Next, Pipes! If you don't want to spend big bucks to have them fixed after they crack, you may want to spend a little cash now to prevent it in the first place.

We found several people out at The Home Depot preparing for the drop in temps.

While your pipes may not actually crack, they may freeze leaving you without water, so to prevent this, wrap them up.

Last, but not least, if you want to protect those beautiful tropical plants decorating your yard....cover them. You can find special thermal covers or tarps in the gardening section of several stores, or experts say even a sheet from your home will help block some of the wind from making contact with the plant.

Protect the “Four P's” and you'll likely make it make it through just fine to sunny, warm, South Texas days before you know it.
 

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