How to keep your pipes from bursting and other winter safety tips from Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


It pays to have a good insurance agent.


I woke up to a pretty handy email from Texas Farm Bureau Insurance with these winter safety tips I believe are totally worth sharing.


So here you go.


(This is the email in its entirety).

As temperatures continue to drop, we want to express our concern for your safety and share some tips for how to stay safe during a Texas freeze.


Below are some resources for you to familiarize yourself with the most common risks, take steps to protect your property from the freezing temperatures, and stay safe on the road.


One of the biggest risks to your home during a freeze is burst pipes. Here are a few urgent things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing:

• Unhook any outdoor water hoses to your faucets and use an outdoor faucet cover or wrap the faucet with insulation to help prevent freezing.


• Open doors under your sinks to provide warm air circulation to pipes along exterior walls.


• Circulate the water in your home by dripping at least one sink.


• Keep the thermostat set to 55 degrees or warmer in your home.


• If you detect a leak inside the home, shut off the water to the house immediately to prevent further damage and contact a plumber.


We’re wishing you and your family a warm, safe, and healthy winter. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance agent.


In my case, that’s Ricky Thurman.