I believe these are the coldest conditions that I have ever experienced.  With these cold conditions it is possible that your water pipes in your home could freeze.  Below are some tips to prevent this from happening.

 

 

      • Expose water pipes to warm air flow by opening doors to under-sink cabinets (remember to remove any harmful products and place them out of reach of young children and pets) 

    • Open doors to closets where you suspect water lines may run through the walls. If water lines run through the garage, keep any/all garage doors closed. 

    • Adjust your thermostat so that it does not reduce the overnight temperature 

    • Periodically flush the toilets and run faucets (this helps relieve pressure that builds up when pipes freeze, causing them to burst). Trickle water from faucets connected to pipes you suspect will freeze overnight. 

    • A hair dryer may be used to help thaw pipes. Open the faucet and slowly direct air across the pipe starting at the faucet end. Do not use electrical appliances when standing in water. 

    • If you use auxiliary heaters, be careful to set them up at least three feet from draperies, bedding and other flammables. Plug them directly into the wall (i.e., avoid using extension cords). Turn them off before you leave the room or go to bed. 

    • Vent all fuel-burning heaters to the outside 

    • Run back-up generators outside only 

    • Never use the oven to heat the house 


      If you lose power 

    • A recent study suggests that 20 degrees is the temperature at which un-insulated water pipes freeze, but pipes exposed to flowing, subfreezing air are at risk even above this level 

    • If you cannot adequately heat your home, IBHS suggests that you drain the plumbing system by closing the main water valve and running every water fixture (both hot and cold) until the water stops 

    • Monitor local news channels for weather updates and go to designated public shelters if you are alerted to continued, extreme cold