Tips for Protective Actions during Cold Weather
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
With freezing temperatures expected to continue through tonight, conservation measures are in place for residents on the East Bank of St. John the Baptist Parish. While taking freeze precautions, residents should also minimize the use of large quantities of water through tonight and into Wednesday morning. As a result of the protective measures, residents may experience lower water pressure through Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service expects temperatures to drop to below freezing by 8:00 p.m. tonight for approximately twelve hours. Warmer temperatures are expected after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Once temperatures rise on Wednesday, residents should close all faucets.
- If your home has exposed pipes, residents should run a very slow drip (not a stream) on the faucet farthest from where water enters the house. This will allow water to continue to flow and reduce the chance of pipes freezing. . Too many running faucets in a community can cause the water pressure to drop, which will hinder fire-fighting emergencies
- Open the cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to allow heated indoor air to circulate around water pipes
- Use insulating faucet covers, or wrap rags, paper or trash bags, or plastic foam around outdoor faucets
- Disconnect water hoses from the faucets, drain the hoses and bring indoors if possible
- Temporarily cover any vents around the foundation of your home
- Set the thermostat a few degrees higher than normal until the severe freeze is over
- Plug electric space heaters directly into the wall socket, not into extension cords
- Bring pets indoors or provide a warm shelter out of the wind
- Covers usually work well to protect plants from freezes
Please stay tuned to local weather stations for weather updates. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish's website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking "Stay Connected."