With the first freeze warning of the season issued for Wednesday morning, Clark County fire prevention and emergency management officials are offering advice to residents to help them deal the onset of cooler weather in Las Vegas.
A temperature of 32 degrees or less in the desert can damage vegetation and freeze pipes causing them to burst. Cold temperatures also can result in frostbite and hypothermia.
Check out these tips:
Winterize Your Home
* Insulate walls and attic, caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
* Protect exposed pipes by wrapping them in insulation or layers of newspaper and then covering them with plastic to keep out moisture.
Heat Your Home Safely
* Operate space heaters according to manufacturer’s guidelines. Do not use extension cords with space heaters and unplug space heaters when not in use.
* Do not use gas appliances such as ranges or ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
Pets & Cold Weather
* If temperatures are below 50 degrees in Clark County, dogs and cats kept outdoors should have additional clean bedding to keep them warm.
* Keep an eye on water bowls to make sure drinking water does not freeze.
To check out our forecast for the week, click here.