Winterizing and safety precautions
With colder temperatures hitting the area, it’s time for Yavapai County residents to winterize their homes. Yavapai County Public Works is recommending you cover pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. All fuel burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear. Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions. Residents should also learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. Outside the home, rock salt can be used to melt ice on walkways. Sand can be used to improve traction in icy conditions and when snow falls, it’s good to have shovels or other removal equipment on hand.
The American Red Cross has an excellent resource here: Protection from Frozen Pipes
Planning on doing some online shopping as part of Cyber Monday? Pay attention to your transactions. The Better Business Bureau is recommending you read the fine print before submitting your order. Look for the return policy during the holidays, as there are different policies depending on the item you buy and when trying to return an item. Although many online orders can be returned for a full refund, others have restocking fees. When shopping online, use retail websites you trust. A fake site can easily mimic a famous retailer’s website. Use common sense and avoid deals that seem too good to be true. Use anti-virus software to ensure your computer and personal information are safe. Shop with a credit card, since this provides additional protections over a debit card in case of fraudulent transactions. If your card number is compromised, it’s easier to dispute any charges that you didn’t approve. Only share personal information and credit card numbers with websites that have an s after the “http” in the web address and have a security lock icon in the task bar.