By ROBERT MERRILL
Cold weather, with daytime highs in the single digits and low teens and overnight lows near zero or below, has prompted local officials to give several tips to avoid fires and keep heating costs as low as possible.
Preston Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson is advising city residents to keep a small stream of water (about the size of a pencil) running in at least one faucet to keep water lines from freezing during the cold snap.
He also advised residents to open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
Scott Martin, Franklin County Fire Marshal, said if water pipes do freeze, do not try to thaw them with a blowtorch or other open flame. He said the pipes could conduct heat and a fire could be started. “Try a hand-held dryer, hot water or a UL-labeled device for thawing.
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