ATLANTA, GA — With overnight lows forecast to plunge below freezing the next few nights across the Atlanta region, you need to know how to prevent your home’s water pipes from freezing. Frozen water pipes in unheated basements and crawl spaces can be messy and expensive to fix. But if you wake up to a frozen faucet, there are steps you can take to safely thaw out a water line without burning down the house.

Fire officials say it’s important during long cold spells to monitor automatic sprinkler systems, fire pumps, hoses and hydrants. Whether or not pipes in these systems actually burst, any freezing of water can block water flow needed in case of fire.

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