Now that the first freeze of the season has come and gone, it’s a good time to get informed about preventing frozen sprinklers and burst pipes, in preparation for more freezing temperatures. Since water expands when it freezes, the pipes holding the water are in danger of bursting if they freeze. By keeping your sprinkler system controller in the OFF position, you can avoid accidental sprinkler freeze-ups on those upcoming cold nights.

In addition, sprinklers should be run manually during winter months to avoid automatic watering that can cause freezing runoff in streets—remember to follow the City’s winter watering schedule, located at

Inside the home, the pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls. Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of faucets attached to such pipes. Even a small trickle can help prevent pipes from freezing.

For more information about preventing frozen pipes, visit the American Red Cross website by clicking here.