Mayor Turner urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight
HOUSTON –  The City of Houston urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight. Power outages will likely continue through tomorrow.

Those with electricity should try to conserve energy to help limit the possibility of more power outages in the area by:Turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliancesAvoid using large appliances (e.g. ovens, washing machines, etc.).Turn down thermostats to 68 degrees or lowerOpen blinds and shades to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat during the day.Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.People should follow these steps to stay warm if they are experiencing a power outage:Stay under extra blankets during the day, layer clothing, hat, gloves, and socks.Use duct tape, blankets, and towels to cover your home’s windows.Roll up towels and place at exterior doorways and window seals to block drafts from coming inside your home.Close rooms that you are not using.Only heat rooms you frequently use.Open curtains during the day but close all the blinds and curtains at night.Houstonians are urged to limit water use for essential tasks and help conserve water by not running washing machines, dishwashers, or watering outdoors. Once temperatures rise above freezing and power is restored, these are the best ways to thaw frozen water pipes:Open cabinet doors to circulate heatUse hair dryers, heat lamps or portable space heatersDO NOT USE open flames and/or propane torches (fire hazard)Continue to conserve water after pipes have thawed“We are experiencing historic freezing temperatures, bitter cold weather, and power outages. Be safe, do not use open flames, stoves, or grills indoors as a heating source. If you are using a heater, provide ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner. Those experiencing homelessness or who are medically dependent on power may call 3-1-1 for assistance.

The Houston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues activated at Level 1, Full Activation. City departments and key partners continue to monitor the extreme winter weather affecting the Houston area. Coordination with our partners continues to support warming centers as need exceeds capacity.

The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) continues to serve as a warming center for our most vulnerable population and is currently housing 790 individuals and 7 pets as of 6:00 p.m.

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