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Temperatures have dropped again. Is anyone else reminded of how cold it was last year? When it drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, your home is at greater risk of frozen pipes and other damage form the cold.

The Insurance Information Institute has published
a list of things you can do to protect yourself from cold weather. Here are a few of their tips:

1) Keep sidewalks and entrances to your home free from snow and ice.

2) Watch for ice dams near gutter downspouts. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris so melting snow and ice can flow freely. Ice dams can cause water to build up and seep into your house.

3) Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the inside walls from freezing.

4) Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out how it works in case you have to use it.

5) Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.

Read the rest of the list for additional pointers.

And to prevent frozen pipes (especially if you plan to leave town for a few days this winter)
read this online guide.

Stay warm, everyone!
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