According to the National Weather Service and Live 5 News, a freeze warning is in effect for the Lowcountry anticipating that the overnight temperature will fall below freezing into Wednesday morning. We have already posted an article about preparing for freezing weather (click here to read it). Now is the time to implement your plans.
Take care of your outdoor plants:
- Bring indoors any plants that you can move.
- Hose down plants and shrubs that you can’t bring indoors. Water is a natural insulator.
- Cover more sensitive outdoor plants with fabric, bed sheets, burlap, or commercial frost cloths. Don’t use plastic. Click here to read more about protecting your plants.
- Disconnect and store garden hoses.
Check your pipes and faucets (including outdoor showers:)
- Turn on outdoor faucets to drip a trickle.
- Attach insulation covers to your outdoor faucets.
- If your crawl space is exposed, open the cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Also, let the indoor faucets drip.
Prepare to lose electricity:
- Make sure cell phones, electronic devices, and flashlights are charged and working.
- Unplug sensitive appliances such as TV, VCR, and computer. If the power goes out, turn off all major electrical appliances, especially the stove and oven.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
- Don’t overload outlets with space heaters or electric blankets.
- Don’t use a kitchen stove to warm your house.
Prepare your house:
- Bring into your house a shovel, broom and the rock salt you purchased for steps and walkways.
- Keep your garage doors closed.
- If you are going to be away from your home, leave the temperature in the house to no lower than 55°F.
Remember, be prepared, stay safe.