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Officials: Cold weather safety tips

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Clark County officials released cold weather safety tips Tuesday, as the Las Vegas Valley prepares for near freezing temperatures. 

The first freeze warning of the season has been issued for Wednesday morning and Clark County emergency management officials offered advice to residents to help deal with the cooler weather.

"This time of year, residents of and visitors to Clark County may be surprised by temperatures that dip to near freezing," Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck said. "Be sure to dress warmly, and ensure your pets, plants, and water pipes are protected from the cold."

Temperatures are expected to dip to 28 degrees in some valley neighborhoods, like Mountains Edge, and 35 degrees at McCarran Airport.

Officials also informed residents to be safe when using space heaters, follow the manufacturer's guidelines, and to have their home winterized.    

"When temperatures turn cold, people may use space heaters and other devices in ways that put themselves and their families at risk for injury," Clark County Building & Fire Official Sam Palmer said. "We also advise residents to take steps to winterize their homes so they can protect their pipes from damage and lower their home heating costs."

A temperature of 32 degrees or less in the desert can damage vegetation and freeze pipes, causing them to burst, according to the county.

Officials also said to protect exposed pipes by wrapping them in insulation and make sure to caulk and weather-strip doors, windows of the residence. 

When it comes to pets in the cold, the county said if it's too cold for you outside, it's probably too cold for your household pet to be kept outdoors. 

Cold temperatures also can result in frostbite and hypothermia. Officials said to monitor local weather forecasts for information about the changing conditions.

More information from Clark County can be found here and the latest FOX5 weather forecast is also available.

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