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Steve Wiley’s Cold Weather Tips

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We’re expecting record low temperatures in Acadiana. I know more about cold weather than I care to. I was born in Watertown, NY. That’s directly across the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. My brother lives there. He recently told me about one of his neighbors using a hammer to remove 2″ of ice from his car windshield. I don’t recommend that. A few minutes later, another neighbor poured steaming hot water on her windshield. I hope their insurance covers glass. You may want to check the anti-freeze in your car radiator. You can have a mechanic do it, or pick up a hydrometer at an auto parts store.

When I left for work today, I noticed my neighbors had covered their plants. I brought mine inside. Pets? If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. Bring ‘em in.

Wrap exposed pipes. you could also drain them, or leave the water running. If you spend time outdoors, remember you’ll dehydrate just as quickly as in extreme heat. You’re breathing in cold, dry air. When you exhale, that “Cloud” is moisture being lost by your body. Wind burn is just as damaging to your skin as sunburn, so protect your hands & face. The good news, we’ll be in the 60′s by the weekend.

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