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Preparing for a winter freeze

Written By: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians | Updated: February 12, 2021
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Review these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare for the upcoming chilly weather.

The anticipated temperatures for this coming weekend and into next week are forecasted to be unusually chilly for the Greater Houston area. To get ready for the lower temperatures, review these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Prepare your home and loved ones

Because it is so infrequent and rare in our area, some may not be prepared for cold weather. While safety may not be your first thought, it should be a consideration. Should the weather conditions lead to icy roads, staying indoors and avoiding travel is recommended.

Set your home to a temperature that is comfortable for your household members. If using a fireplace, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly. For those using a space heater, make sure it is placed far away from anything flammable and out of reach of children.

Outside the home, be aware of any exposed pipes or water lines. Covered pipes are less likely to freeze.

Finally, think of others. Pets should be brought indoors or provided adequate and warm shelter with access to fresh water and food. Check in with your elderly family or neighbors to make sure they are prepared and warm.

Stay informed

Frequently tune into local news stations, their websites, or social media channels for updates on the weather conditions. To stay up to date on current travel conditions, visit Houston TranStar. For additional information on what to do before, during, and after a winter weather event, review the CDC’s winter storm page.

As the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians has locations across the Greater Houston area to serve the community. To schedule an appointment, call 888-4UT-DOCS.