Freezing temperatures and frozen pipes pose risks for homeowners

December 8, 2009

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2009

With weather forecasts predicting freezing temperatures, the American Red Cross urges residents to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes and offers tips to safely thaw frozen pipes.

Cold temperatures and frozen pipes may lead to house fires, if residents attempt to thaw pipes using inappropriate heating sources, because people may be unfamiliar with severe cold situations.

Damage from frozen pipes can be costly, but avoidable if homeowners practice the following recommendations:

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National Weather Service warns of frigid temperatures for area

December 13, 2008

Cold could be dangerous to elderly, children and pets

NEW — 8:38 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

Below is a winter warning from the National Weather Service in Seattle:
THE LONGEST STREAK OF COLD WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 IS ON THE WAY… WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS IS IN THE FORECAST AT TIMES OVER THE NEXT
FEW DAYS…IT IS THE FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK THAT COULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON WESTERN WASHINGTON.
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Tips to help you and your home survive severe cold

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:36 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

When temperatures drop to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common.  There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home. Read more