Protecting pets, plants, and pipes as temperatures drop in the Valley

PHOENIX - 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. 

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