Preparing for the Cold

By: Lanetra Bennett
January 3, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The dropping temperatures have several people scrambling to find warmth.

"It's just too freezing cold." Says, Tallahassee resident Willie Fain knows how to stay warm.

But, Fain says he knows how to stay warm. He says, "To keep from getting cold, I put everything on. I'd rather have too much on that I can take off, than to have not enough on."

Hardware store managers say a lot of people are buying space heaters and fire pits to stay warm. They say quick-start logs are real popular. They're supposed to light fast and last up to three hours.

An assistant store manager at Lowe's in Tallahassee, Jamali Thomas, says, "We do sell wood that's already chipped up and ready to go for you."

Thomas also reminds residents that their body and homes aren't the only things that need to stay warm.

He suggests using pipe insulation to keep your pipes from frosting. "Just open them up here, slide them on your pipes, your water pipes. it had adhesive tape on it to actually hold it together from taking it off. They're made of polyurethane. it's pretty durable. It won't freeze or anything like that, so it'll keep it from sweating and freezing up your water pipes so the water can actually fluctuate through your water lines."

Thomas says you can also get water pipe wrap and frost blankets for plants to help you be prepared for the cold.

The temporary cold night shelter also opened Friday night at 9 p.m. at Jacob Chapel Church on Lake Bradford Road in Tallahassee. It closes at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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