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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

This mid-week cold snap means Mid-Southerners are scrambling to get their homes ready for the freezing temperatures.

Tonight's lows will be in the mid-20s. A hard freeze warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday for the region.

As cold weather continues to settle into the Mid-South, being prepared can not only keep you warm, it can save your life.

"We recommend you have a working smoke detector in your home," said Memphis Fire spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke. "It will alert you even if you're not aware there's smoke in your home."
 
Making sure smoke detectors in your home have fresh batteries can allow you enough time to get out of your house if there's a fire.    

People should also pay close attention to space heaters.

"Allow at least three feet from any combustible materials and never leave a room or leave them unattended.  Always unplug them," Lt. Cooke said.

While fire prevention is important, so is preparing the pipes in your home. It can save you thousands of dollars in home repairs.   

"If you leave the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms dripping slowly, it will keep that water moving through the pipes, which makes it less likely to freeze," said Mike Scott of Hiller Heating. "If it's plumbing pipes on an exterior wall, you can leave those cabinet doors open. That way the heat from the house can get in there."

As you make your winter weather checklist, don't leave your pets out in the cold.

"Dogs, just like people, come in various shapes and sizes," said Angie Zinkus, DVM Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital. "Smaller dogs are going to be more prone to developing hypothermia versus larger, Siberian Husky-breeds with a nice, full coats. But all dogs in general need to be brought in."

Keeping animals protected doesn't stop with inviting them indoors. When they have to make a trip outside, it's a good idea to put them in a coat or jacket.

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Bring in flowers, tender vegetation
  • Wrap pipes around the house
  • Let your faucets drip overnight
  • Make sure animals are in a warm place
  • Caulk windows that have a draft

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