Tips to get through the freezing temperatures heading our way

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SAN ANTONIO---Tonight check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

And there's some definite things to check before you crank up your heaters.

When we're turning on the furnace for the first time we need to make sure we take the time to do a few things that according to Edgar Gonzalez from County Wide Service Company.

"Make sure that the filter is clean and not dirty so you won't over fire the furnace. Another good inspection would be the vent pipe, make sure it's connected in the attic all the way through the roof and make sure it has a cap. And another inspection would be the flame, make sure the flame is burning blue. A good blue flame is a good flame."

Gonzalez also recommends taking a Shop vac or vacuum and cleaning out any debris or dust that might of gathered inside the unit. And he also has a warning on gas leaks.

"If you smell natural gas the best thing to do is unplug the furnace, turn off the gas and call CPS or even the fire department to make sure there's no gas leaks," says Gonzalez

Now if you have portable heaters make sure you have a 3 foot safe zone for kids and clothes and never use your oven to heat your home.

And as far as protecting against broken pipes a few quick fixes and we can all make fairly certain that we won't come out of these next 3 nights of freezes with any water issues.

Karen Guz, Conservation Director for SAWS explains, "Get something to protect your hose bibs with and for any kind of pipe that you see exposed. This is an old pool noodle, you chop those up and they make good pipe insulation. Your home improvement stores will sell things that you can use to cover up your out door hose bibs with.

And Guz says if you don't have a cover use a rag and wrap it around tight and most cases that will keep the pipes from freezing.

Also unhook your hoses from the faucets to keep water from freezing. And one last tip, if you have an automatic irrigation system turn it off. This will avoid water turning on, freezing and creating a dangerous ice rink.

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