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Chillin’ in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, North Carolina, is known for its mild coastal climate, we occasionally experience subfreezing temperatures that can catch us off guard. As winter brings chilly weather to our otherwise temperate region, it is essential to take precautions to stay safe and protect our homes.

The onset of subfreezing temperatures can lead to various challenges, including icy roads and sidewalks. Residents need to exercise caution when driving or walking, as black ice can be particularly treacherous. It is advisable to use salt or sand on icy surfaces to improve traction and prevent slips and falls.

When temperatures drop, it is crucial to protect the pipes from freezing. Insulate exposed pipes and faucets and leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate. Dripping faucets can also prevent pipes from freezing, reducing the risk of costly damage.

For those with pets, it is essential to bring them indoors during subfreezing weather. If that is not possible, then make sure the pets have a warm and sheltered space with proper bedding. Provide fresh water regularly, as water bowls can freeze in the cold.

Also, be mindful of your heating systems. Ensure that heaters are in good working condition and have been inspected recently. Space heaters should be used with caution, placed away from flammable materials, and never left unattended.

Wilmington may not experience extreme cold regularly, but when subfreezing temperatures arrive, it is essential to be prepared. Keep an emergency kit with blankets, extra clothing, and non-perishable food items in case of power outages or other weather-related disruptions.

By Jana H. Collins

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