Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze

Tips to protect people, pets, plants, pipes in a freeze

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - With a hard freeze warning issued for Dec. 29 starting at midnight until 9 a.m., it’s time to talk about protecting yourself, your pets and your property for the cold.

This weekend, residents should expect temperatures to drop between 28 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday morning. However, don’t worry about the rain, our First Alert weather team expects clear skies for days to come.

While we won’t see below-freezing temperatures for too long, it is not too early to think about the four Ps: people, pets, plants and pipes.

Here are a few suggestions:


  • Avoid leaving space heaters unattended, especially when leaving home.
  • Keep clothing, other fabrics and combustibles away from heaters.
  • Don't use extension cords with space heaters.


  • Provide shelter and warm bedding for pets or bring them indoors.
  • Keep in mind that smaller dogs are less tolerant of the cold than bigger dogs.
  • And if it is difficult to keep your cats inside your home, at least provide a small shelter where they can stay.


  • Cover plants, preferably before sunset, or bring them inside.
  • Water your potted plants. Soil holds more heat when wet.
  • Plants with fleshy petals retain more water, making them more susceptible to freezing. You can help protect them and smaller plants by draping them loosely with plastic, a sheet, blanket or burlap.
  • Annuals like begonias and impatiens can start having problems at 55 degrees. Cover them with pine straw, bark, leaves or another type of mulch.


  • Cover and insulate exterior pipes and faucets to keep them from freezing and bursting.

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