WEATHER ADVISORY: Tips to prevent property damage, injury in harsh chill

    A Winter Weather Advidsory has been issued for the Las Vegas valley. (MGNOnline)<p>{/p}

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the valley beginning at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Feb. 20, through 4:00 a.m. Friday.

    Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is warning that snow and cold temperatures throughout the period bring the possibility of property damage as well as personal injury and that residents can take precautions to prevent these things from happening.

    Nighttime temperatures will be at or near freezing and any wet spots on the ground should be considered frozen and slippery, which can cause falls and vehicle accidents.

    Exposed water pipes could be damaged by freezing water inside, causing leaks once the water begins to melt.

    Residents shouldn’t use torches or fire to thaw the pipes as this can cause the pipe to explode, and should instead use a hairdryer.

    Outdoor sprinkler pipes can be covered with blankets to avoid bursting, or residents can shut off sprinkler systems to prevent damage.

    Also, be sure to see tips for cold and wet weather here.

    Pets should be brought inside and not exposed to the cold air for extended periods of time.

    Keep any space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.

    LVFR says to never use outdoor cooking devices, like barbecues, for indoor heating, as deadly carbon monoxide can build up.

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