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These are things you should do to protect your home during the freeze according to WTVR CBS 6.

Be aware thatogs and cats can suffer frostbite, just like humans.

“Especially areas like their toes and ears and tails can be sensitive to those kind of things, but hypothermia can affect them the same as us,” Colonial Heights Veterinarian Hospital Stacy Riddle said.

Start outside first, when preparing your home for sub-freezing temperatures.

“You should go around your house and make sure all your vents are closed to keep air from flowing under the house and freezing up pipes like this hose bib here,” Calvin Adkins, with AA Plumbing, said. “Air could blow under it, freeze that pipe, so it’s good to close all air gaps.”

Remember to focus on kitchens with faucets on an outside wall.

“It’s good to open the cabinet doors at night, that will let a little heat there and sometimes you could maybe let the faucet run a little bit,” Adkins said.

Experts advise using a supplemental heat source, like gas log, to help heat your home.

Avoid moving your thermostat up as temperatures go down.

“That’s going to trip on the Auxilary Heat, because of the temperatures are going to drop so low tonight, by doing that, that’s going to make your bill run up higher, it’s not going to make your heat, any hotter,” Larry Clarke, with Custom Aire Heating & Cooling, said.

 

Via: WTVR.com

Photo: thortonweather.com

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