Take precautions to prevent frozen pipes

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Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

With continuing frigid temperatures, the pipes in homes are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures and wind chills can cause water pipes to freeze and, in some cases, burst.

Residents can take precautions against freezing pipes by keeping all basement, garage and common area doors closed. Also, don’t set the thermostat below 55 degrees if leaving home for a few days. An extended-absence-from-home form can be obtained at the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities office at 220 Hancock Ave. This form lets residents appoint someone to notify in case of an emergency.

Let a steady drip of water run from the highest faucet in the house. Also, leave plumbing cabinet doors along exterior walls open so room heat can reach the pipes.

If a pipe does burst, know how to turn off the home’s water supply quickly to minimize damage. Feel free to ask a maintenance technician to help locate the shut-off valve during the next visit.

For questions about maintenance issues, contact the maintenance department at (913) 651-3838.

Residents are also asked to be mindful of blowing trash in the housing areas. Brisk winds will easily grab loose trash, especially recyclable materials, and quickly scatter it throughout the neighborhoods. Trash and recycle containers should also be properly stored as soon as trash is collected.

Wellness drawing
Residents can stop by the Community Management Office at 220 Hancock Ave. to enter a drawing for a basket of wellness goodies to start the new year. FLFHC will draw two winning names Jan. 24.

Football photo contest
FLFHC wants families to submit a photo of themselves in their favorite team’s football gear. The winners will receive a football party package just in time for the big game. Submissions must be sent to fhc@tmo.com by noon Jan. 24. Photos will be posted to the FLFHC Facebook page and the two entries with the most “likes” will win a loaded football party snack basket. Winners will be announced Jan. 31.

KC Mission donations
FLFHC has partnered with the KC City Thrift Community Donation Center. The second Saturday of each month, items to be donated to the mission can be placed at curbside before 10 a.m. For each donation, the mission will give a voucher for tax credit that can be written off income taxes. 

The mission accepts clothing, furniture and other household items but not mattresses. Separate any bulk trash from donations and place clothing and shoes inside plastic bags marked for mission donation. Anything left on the curb Monday will be collected as bulk trash and not a donation.

Office closures
The FLFHC offices, including the Self-Help Store, will be closed Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal business hours will resume Feb. 18. Residents who have a maintenance emergency or want to submit a work order when the offices are closed can call the 24-hour maintenance line at (913) 651-3838.

Utilities tip
Only about 10 percent of the energy used by a bulb creates light — the rest of the energy creates heat — so remember to turn off lights when they are not needed.

Watch for more community event announcements on Facebook, followed by a One-Call Now e-mail message with event details, and don’t forget to follow FLFHC on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com for downloadable forms and other useful information.

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