County prepares as temperatures dip below freezing

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SAN DIEGO – With San Diego County temperatures dipping down to the 20s and 30s overnight Wednesday, staying warm and safe can be challenging.

“Today was really cold, yesterday was really cold so you do have to prepare,” Elena Loeb of Oceanside said pointing out the layers she was wearing.

Janis Garica used a space heater to keep cozy at the Daily Harvest Market in Encinitas.

covering-plantsSome turned their focus to their plants and flowers. Sunshine Gardens Nursery manager Chris Klein said homeowners can use what is already at home.

“Cover with your plants and flowers with plastic or a sheet and secure it,” Klein said.

Pets may not use to the cold and should be kept inside.  If they’re outside pets they have proper shelter.

“When you get cold nights like this, there is a lot of dangers, the scent changes. A pet can get lost just because it can’t find its scent to get back home.  Their tongue can stick to a metal water bowl, their water freezes and they can dehydrate.  Don’t be afraid to put a sweater or coat on them,” said Rancho Coastal Human Society spokesman John Van Zante.

It’s a good time to schedule a free gas appliance safety check with San Diego Gas & Electric.  Also, change filters in heating units and batteries in carbon monoxide detectors.

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