With colder temperatures outside, experts want to remind people to protect the 3 P's: pets, plants, and pipes.
When it comes to pets, Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society offered the following tips:
Bring outside animals indoors. If you can't do that, have a dry drift-free shelter for your pet outside.
Keep fur longer during winter months.
Put your pet(s) in a sweater, especially smaller animals, when you go outside.
Knock on the car hood before driving your car in case a cat is taking shelter under the hood.
When it comes to plants, Greg Peterson with Urban Farm offered the following tips:
Cover frost-sensitive plants with a cloth, don't use plastic.
Leave a couple of inches between your plants and the cloth with a cage or wiring in case there is a dewfall.
Water your plants before bed to create more heat.
American Red Cross offered the following tips for protecting pipes:
Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
When it's very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.
Keep the thermostat set at the same temperature both during the day and at night.