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The Cold Pueblo: Tips & tricks to prep for freezing temps

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TUCSON - Remember the 4 P’s!

It’s the phrase that pays during the Winter in southern Arizona. Temperatures at or below 32° can wreak havoc if you don’t take it seriously. If you’re new to the Sonoran Desert (or a long time desert dweller wanting a refresher in cold weather preps), here’s a handy list to keep Old Man Winter from doing too much damage.

THE OBVIOUS (4 P’s)

- Check in with friends, relatives & the elderly to make sure they have a warm place to stay

- Bring pets inside

- Wrap exposed pipes with Styrofoam insulation or newspapers

- Cover plants or tender vegetation with burlap or a bed sheet

THE NOT-SO-OBVIOUS

- Set outside faucets to a slow drip

- Use old socks to cover the tips of sensitive cacti.

- Along with burlap or bed sheets, some people have also used Christmas lights to keep plants from freezing.

- Shut off and drain in ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow. Then turn water off to sprinkler system.

- Keep pools and spas running. Let pool heaters run at the lowest possible setting.

- Cold temps can drain your tire pressure. Click here to read why it’s important to avoid “deflategate” during the winter.

- Bridge decks and overpasses cool much quicker than roads. Watch for slick spots when driving.

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