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December 21, 2016



Turn off automatic sprinkler systems in cold weather




City Ordinance prohibits the use of automatic sprinkler systems when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees. This measure is intended to reduce the likelihood of vehicle and pedestrian accidents caused by runoff that freezes on sidewalks, streets and alley surfaces.  Property owners who are responsible for these dangerous conditions are subject to Municipal Court fines


Preventing frozen water pipes

When temperatures dip into the low 20's water pipes can freeze.  Pipes most at risk for freezing include:

  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home
  • Pipes located in exterior walls
  • Any plumbing on the exterior of the home

A frozen garden hose can cause damage too.  When the water in the hose freezes, it expands, increasing pressure throughout the whole plumbing system.   As part of your regular seasonal maintenance, garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze.


Coyote activity in cold weather



Coyotes are solitary creatures, however, during cold weather, coyotes tend to become more social and they join forces, creating hunting packs to find food more easily.  Remember, coyotes are not picky eaters, they eat meat and vegetation. In addition to rodents, fruit and grass they will also eat pet food and garbage.

Even
though coyotes have adapted to living in cities and towns, they are wary of people. If you see a coyote in your yard, wave your arms, shout and spray it with a water hose. It is likely to leave the area quickly after any of these actions. If you feel the need to call the Police Department or the City’s Animal Control Officer, please do so. The City's non-emergency number is 214-363-3000.  For more information on coyotes and their habits, go to the City's Animal Control page and scroll down to the bottom.  


UPPD House Watch

If you are going to be away from home this holiday season, you can have your home checked daily by a UPPD officer.  
The process is simple.  You can make the request online, or you can download and complete the form below, and return it to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

Online House Watch Request

Click on the Resident Online Center.  If this is the first time you have entered a request for service using the Resident Online Center, you must create an account.  You will be asked to provide your name, address and email.

Download House Watch Form

HOUSE WATCH FORM

Return the completed form to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (3800 University Blvd.). Or fax it to 214-987-5364.