Father Winter Comes to the Big Bend

Stores are stocking up on supplies, advising homeowners to spend a little cash and save a fortune.

Bob Smith of Home Depot says, “If [you] don't cover pipes, they'll split at joint.”

That can cause thousands of dollars in damage. It's also important to cover up valuable plants, those that flower and are tender to the touch.

John Kane of Tallahassee Nurseries says, "We recommend a blanket or frost cloth, not plastic."

But those that need to bundle up most are near and dear to the heart.

Scott Richardson, a veterinarian, says, "For those with horses, blanket them, give them plenty of drinking water."

If the pets stay indoors with the family and space heaters are nearby, practice fire safety. Keep blankets three feet away, and furniture too.