Planning for Inclement Weather
As you know, the current Houston
area forecast calls for colder
temperatures during the next few
HOW TO PREPARE FOR FRIGID
When winter temperatures drop
significantly below normal, staying
warm and safe can become a
challenge. You need to protect
property during the winter weather,
including checking on elderly,
taking care of pets and livestock,
protecting plants and exposed
Here are some tips for dealing with
• Never place a space heater on top
of furniture or near water.
• Keep heat sources at least 3 feet
away from furniture and drapes.
• Protect yourself from carbon
monoxide (CO) poisoning by
installing a battery-operated CO
detector and never using generators,
grills, camp stoves, or similar
• It is also recommended that you
prepare your car for winter.
o Have your car serviced and add
antifreeze as needed.
o Make sure battery terminals are
clean and tightened.
o Make certain windshield wipers and
defrosters are in good working order
and the window washer reservoirs are
• Cover your plants; a sheet or a
blanket works well. Just make sure
the material allows your plants to
breathe and that it isn't just
sitting on top of the plants. Do not
cover your plants with plastic.
• The third tip is to spread at
least two to three inches of mulch
to protect the roots of plants and
trees so that even if you lose a
plant, the roots are protected then
the roots can come back in the
• Finally, use water on plants. It
goes against common sense, but
watering your plants actually
protects them from the cold.
• Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain
and store in a protected area.
• Wrap exposed faucets and pipes
including those outside the house or
in unheated crawl spaces, attics,
garages and other areas.
• If you have a swimming pool,
besides keeping the pump running,
make sure all the valves are open as
For on-campus emergencies or service
calls related to weather or other
issues, please contact the Customer
Service Center and note the location
of the issue, contact person, and
University of Houston
Customer Service Fix-It Center
24-hour Customer Service Hotline
Phone: (713) 743 - 4948 (FIXIT)
Fax: (713) 743 - 5640
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