Not sure how to prepare for arctic cold front? Here are the best ways to winterize your home

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Need to prep for arctic cold front? Best ways to winterize your home
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ABC13 spoke to the chief of Harris County EMS, who not only shared what you should do to prepare, but also what you should not do. Here's a list.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- With a strong arctic cold front sweeping across Texas on Thursday, the city of Houston is preparing with several warming centers opening across the area.

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The George R. Brown Convention Center is set to open at 3 p.m. Thursday for Houstonians to keep warm.

In the meantime, city officials are urging homeowners to prepare before the temperature drops.

Here are some ways to winterize your home:

  • Keep the heat on inside your home, even if you are away
  • Open up the cabinet doors to allow warm air to hit your pipes
  • Overnight on Thursday and into Friday, flush your toilets and turn on your faucet
  • Insulate your pipes outside. They sell insulation at the hardware store. If they run out, a pool noodle will actually work

We also have a reminder on things not to do to keep your house warm.

"You never want to use the oven as a source of heat. You have carbon monoxide coming into the home. If you start feeling a headache, dizziness, nausea, fainting, any of those symptoms, you want to get out into fresh air and call 911," Jeremy Hyde, the Harris County EMS chief, said.

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If you're in need of a warm place to stay starting Wednesday night, Green House International Church at 200 West Greens Road in Greenspoint is also opening their doors at 6 p.m.

Lakewood Church at 3700 Southwest Freeway will also be opening up as a warming center at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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