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The crews worked all day Sunday and all night switching loads to other feeders but the last few sections were very difficult as temperatures dropped significantly below zero. Photo: Shelley Pauls

JACKSON, Wyo. — It’s that time of year again, and the Town of Jackson has reminded homeowners to prepare for winter before the freezing temperatures set in.

The Town of Jackson Municipal Code 13.04.160 requires all water users to keep service pipes protected from frost at their own expense.

Freezing winter temperatures can cause water lines to freeze. To avoid this, keep the heat on, no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit to help keep the pipes from freezing. Check the attic, crawl spaces, and basement and insulate any exposed pipes. The thinner the pipe, the thicker the insulation. Be sure to seal any areas of your home that allow cold air in and turn off all exterior faucets.

Plan ahead before leaving the house for an extended period of time; open cabinet doors under sinks, keep a small trickle of water dripping, and make sure the heat is on.

The wood may be stacked but before lighting a fire this season, make sure the fireplace and chimney are in good condition. Hire a professional chimney sweep, especially if you heat your home all winter with a wood stove. Furnaces also need to be inspected. Change the filter, and make sure the furnace is running properly before the winter takes off.

Homeowners should consider placing hot water jackets on older water heater storage tanks. To avoid fire danger make sure drapes and curtains are not hanging too close to portable heaters or baseboard heaters.

This winter will no doubt be cold; following these tips can help save money and keep your home safe.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.