Be Prepared
copper pipes

These pipes should be insulated to keep them in good shape for possible winter storms.

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One thing you'll want if a blizzard hits is runnin­g water. Water pipes tend to fr­eeze in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (about -7 degrees Celsius). Prevent this by wrapping your interior pipes with foam insulation. If the temperature is dropping, leave your faucets running at a slow drip.

You should also do simple things like pay your utility bills on time and keep your cell phone charged. Losing gas or electricity to an unpaid bill before a snowstorm hits is a mistake you won't want to make. If a blizzard knocks out your power and home phone service, turn your charged cell phone off and save the charge for emergency calls.

Head on to the following pages for the next snowstorm tips.