Winter Safety Tips

When Temperatures Stay Below Freezing:
Warm It Up
Make sure you raise your heat above 73 degrees in extremely cold weather.

Give Pipes a Helping Hand
If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperatures flow in.

Keep Water Working
Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run.  The cost of the extra water is lower than the cost of repairing a broken pipe.

But If Your Pipes Do Freeze:
Shut Off the Water
After turning off the main shut off valve,  open faucets in the area.

Thaw Pipe with Warm Air
Melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming the air around it.  Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended.

Be Careful Turning the Water Back On
Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks or leaks that might have caused the freezing.

Prepare Your Home for Winter


Locate your main water shut-off valve.  Mark the valve with a brightly colored tag so you can find it quickly in an emergency.

Make sure you’ve turned everything off and fully drained the system.

Check your home for pipes in areas that might be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages and exterior walls.

Where pipes are exposed to cold, wrap them with insulation or heat tape.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected in society. Today, 4.5 billion people are struggling to live well, keep their children alive and work towards a better future – all because they don’t have access to proper sanitation. It’s hard to believe, but globally more people have access to cell phones than toilets!

Only 39% of the global population use a safely managed sanitation service, and 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination. Combined with safe water and good hygiene, improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.  For more information or ideas on how you can help, please visit: