Cold weather readiness

Officials share tips to make sure that winter weather doesn’t affect your home

Cold weather preparedness.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As the cold weather continues to move in to the Jackson area, Public Works Director Robert Miller, wants to remind citizens about cold weather preparedness.

When temperatures drop into the 20′s folks should be mindful about freezing pipes and icy roads. Here are a few things that you can do to make this winter weather much more enjoyable, for you and your home.

Keep water circulating through your water pipes so that they don't freeze.
Keep water circulating through your water pipes so that they don't freeze.

Road conditions can change rapidly in freezing weather.

“Any water that was left standing yesterday can turn into ice and so we’re going to be out on the streets to monitor the road conditions,” says Miller.

If you are concerned about your pipes freezing, Miller had the following advice.

“The first thing that we would want them to do is leave the cabinet door open underneath their kitchen sinks, underneath their bathroom sinks to let air circulate around those lines, but at the same time if they have pets or little children make sure that they remove or secure any cleaning products.”

To those who have experienced frozen service lines before, Miller had this to say, “they may want to consider running a small stream of water no larger than a pencil lead just during the hours of the night time.”

Miller also said before the weather gets any colder, now is the perfect time to sign up for the city of Jackson’s Code Red. It’s a community alert system that allows you to be notified in the event of any emergency situations.

Just go to jacksonms.gov and click on the link that says “Code Red,” and follow the instructions.

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