How to prepare for cold temperatures

When it gets this cold, you'll need to do more than just bundling up

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- With extremely cold temperatures blowing in this week, there are a few things you should do to prepare yourself, your home, and your pets.

Something many people don’t consider when temperatures drop is power outages, but they are certainly possible.

In the event of a power outage in the cold, you should have a flashlight handy, charge your devices, and have some food and water that doesn’t need refrigeration. Click here for a link to the LES Power Outages list.

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Dangerously low temperatures could do more than just kill your power, but we’ve put together a few ways to protect your home:

  1. Guard your pipes. Shut off the water to outdoor faucets and let your indoor faucets drip to avoid freeze.
  2. Keep your garage doors closed as much as possible, and check for any holes or cracks in the house.
  3. Fill up your gas tank in your car in case you were to get stuck.

Another thing to keep your eye on is your pets.

Make sure you know your pet’s limits. For example, short-haired, thin, elderly, or very young dogs get cold more quickly, so adjust the amount of time they stay outside.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your dog.

Cats often sleep in the wheel wells of cars to keep warm. Bang loudly on your hood or honk the horn before starting your car to wake up any sleepers.

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