Fall freeze is coming, are you prepared?

SEATTLE -- Sunny skies fooled a few people in downtown Seattle into thinking it was a little warmer out there.

"But it's not that cold, not yet," said Lisa.

"Yet" was the operative word. Many people already dressed for cold weather, while others, caught without gloves, wrapped their hands around warm cups of coffee.

"I've got to get ready.  I've got to get my boots and hat and gloves," said Tasha Chesser.

Chesser said the winds knocked out power at her sister's house in Bremerton Sunday night. Certainly a loss of power can kill the heat and cause a serious drop of temperature inside the house.

But even with heat, pipes can freeze in colder rooms of the house.

When the temperature drops, even a small crack in a copper pipe can unleash a high-pressure stream of water. And one busted pipe can do tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

"All I know is that you leave the water on a little bit and if you leave it dripping, it should not freeze," Chesser said.

Open cabinet doors under sinks to let warm air surround the pipes.  You can find pre-formed insulation tubes to wrap around exposed pipes in the house.

And if you do find yourself with frozen pipes grab a hairdryer. Start blowing warm air at the faucet and work your way out to the area that is frozen.

Outside, make sure you disconnect and turn off all of your outdoor faucets. Put all hoses inside to avoid freezing and cover all spigots with insulated caps.

And if you're using any space heaters, remember never use an extension cord. Always keep the unit at least three feet away from all walls, furniture and fabrics.

"Portable heaters get much hotter and can catch something on fire if it gets too close," said safety education Specialist Bill Mace.

Space heaters cause many house fires this time of year. And in this cold weather don't forget about your vehicle.  Check your fluids and tire pressure.

Also make sure you keep your gas tank full.  You never know when you might get stuck.