ICYMI: Here’s what you can do to protect pipes, pets when it’s cold outside


NATALIE HE HAS SOME TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS. NATALIE: AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP OVERNIGHT, OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THAT RESIDENTS WRAP OR INSULATE EXPOSED FOSSETT AND PIPES AFTER THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF FROZEN PIPES FROM YESTERDAY’S FREEZE. ALGIERS RESIDENT STEVEN SCARBOROUGH IS TAKING ALL THE RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT HIS HOME.>>WE LEAVE THE PIPES GRIPPING A LITTLE HERE IT — DRIPPING A LITTLE BIT. WE MAKE SURE THE PETS ARE WARM. THIS IS ZACH, HE DOES NOT MIND THE COLD SO MUCH. THE RULE OF THUMB IS THAT IF YOU ARE COLD OUTSIDE, YOUR PET IS, AS WELL. IT IS THE SAME PRINCIPLE. IF IT IS COLD OUT, IT IS NOT A PLACE FOR YOUR COMPANION ANIMAL TO BE. LIVESTOCK IN HORSES CAN ALSO EXPERIENCE HYPOTHERMIA LIKE HUMANS. NATALIE: HE SAYS PET OWNERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SHELTER FOR ANIMALS.>>IF YOU CANNOT BRING YOUR PET IN, THEN WE WILL ALLOW IT TO BE IN A DOG HOUSE WITH HAY OR STRAW, BLANKETS OR MAYBE A HEATER. ANYTHING TO MAKE IT COMFORTABLE. WE DON’T WANT ANY FREEZING ANIMALS OUTSIDE. NATALIE: ANYONE WHO DOES NOT COMPLY COULD FACE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.>>THEY HAVE A CHOICE, THEY CAN COMPLY AND WORK WITH US OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES, WHICH IS USUALLY THE LOSS OF THEIR ANIMAL, WHICH GOES TO A LOCAL SHELTER AND THEY ARE CITED OR ARRESTED. GINA: SEWERAGE AND WATER BOARD OFFICIALS SAY THAT LEAVING WATER DRIPPING THROUGH YOUR PIPES

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