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Cold Tips: How to keep car, home safe and warm

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Along with the shivers, frozen pipes and cold cars are just a few of the things that the bitterly cold temperatures could bring to the Chicago area this week.

To combat too many things from freezing up, we're offering some tips to tackle the cold.

To stay safe on the roads, drive carefully and do some winter maintenance on your vehicle.

Keep an eye on the gas tank. Try to keep it as full as you can. Condensation can form on the sides of the tank, drip off, sink to the bottom and get in the fuel line. Once it freezes there, you'll be stuck.

Check your tire pressure. This is key to good traction.

Keep track of how old your battery is. Batteries are said to last three to five years. Be proactive and change it before it dies.

Check your wiper fluid.

Keep salt in your car. That way, if you ever get stuck, sprinkling some in front of your tires can help you get out.

To keep your home safe, keep in mind that pipes can freeze anywhere due to exposure from cracks or holes in siding.

To help keep them from freezing, let hot water and cold faucets drop overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to insulated pipes under sinks.

Insulate pipes in attics, crawl spaces, or confined spaces.

Seal cracks that allow cold air inside.

Disconnect and drain any pipes leading to outside faucets.

And finally, to avoid those shivers, bundle up or stay indoors when possible!

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