TUCSON – Remember the 4 P’s!
It’s the phrase that pays during the Winter in southern Arizona. Temperatures at or below 32° can wreak havoc if you don’t take it seriously. If you’re new to the Sonoran Desert (or a long time desert dweller wanting a refresher in cold weather preps), here’s a handy list to keep Old Man Winter from doing too much damage.
THE OBVIOUS (4 P’s)
- Check in with friends, relatives & the elderly to make sure they have a warm place to stay
- Bring pets inside
- Wrap exposed pipes with Styrofoam insulation or newspapers
- Cover plants or tender vegetation with burlap or a bed sheet
- Set outside faucets to a slow drip
- Use old socks to cover the tips of sensitive cacti.
- Along with burlap or bed sheets, some people have also used Christmas lights to keep plants from freezing.
- Shut off and drain in ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow. Then turn water off to sprinkler system.
- Keep pools and spas running. Let pool heaters run at the lowest possible setting.
- Cold temps can drain your tire pressure. Click here for my earlier post on why it’s important to avoid “deflategate” during the Winter.
- Bridge decks and overpasses cool much quicker than roads. Watch for slick spots when driving.