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As the days start to get cooler, it’s time to winterize

Oct 23, 2023, 9:00 PM

Image of snow at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon., late September, 2023. Sno...

Image of snow at Snowbird Ski Resort, late September 2023. The National Weather Service said these last few days of warmer weather are a great time to prepare and start winterizing (Snowbird Ski Resort).

(Snowbird Ski Resort)

SALT LAKE CITY — Get ready to say goodbye to warm weather. Utah’s set to get some freezing temperatures this weekend and now is the time to winterize.

Monica Traphagan from the National Weather Service said these last few days of warmer weather are great to prepare for the winter ahead.

She said it’s time to winterize, winterize, winterize.

“If it’s outdoors and water is involved and if that water were to freeze, then that’s something you would need to winterize,” Traphagan said.

That includes sprinkler systems, RV hookups and swamp coolers.

“Things that you use in the summer … have to be prepared for the winter,” Traphagan said. “With sprinkler systems, you have to winterize them … There’s certain things you got to do with certain sprinkler systems so that the water that’s in them doesn’t freeze as we get into those freezing temperatures.”

These things need to be turned off and drained of all flowing water.

“The major thing you’re looking for in this type of maintenance is ‘if I keep this out in its existing condition, is it going to freeze when the temperatures freeze,'” Traphagan said. “If the answer to that is yes, then you’ll want to take precautions to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

She also said it’s the last call for a garden harvest. People with outdoor gardens should take in the last of their produce and cover up for the winter.

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