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LBFD Facebook Page Offers Tips on Frozen Pipes

The Long Beach Fire Department put a new ambulance into service in December, which was announced on the department's new Facebook page. (Credit: LBFD)
The Long Beach Fire Department put a new ambulance into service in December, which was announced on the department's new Facebook page. (Credit: LBFD)

The Long Beach Fire Department has responded to multiple alarms for broken water pipes in homes and apartments in recent days, according to a post on the department’s new Facebook page.

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The announcement of the LBFD’s activities — posted on Monday in anticipation of Tuesday’s freezing temperatures that are forecasted to reach only into the low teens in Long Beach — serves as an introduction to tips on how to prevent frozen pipes from bursting.

“Letting a faucet drip during extreme cold weather can prevent a pipe from bursting,” reads one tip. “It's not that a small flow of water prevents freezing; this helps, but water can freeze even with a slow flow. Rather, opening a faucet will provide relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and the ice blockage when freezing occurs. If there is no excessive water pressure, there is no burst pipe, even if the water inside the pipe freezes.”

The informational post provides numbers that residents can call if they experience a water-related emergencies and other issues both inside and outside their homes.  

Launched last September, the Facebook page, called City of Long Beach New York Fire Department, has posted information on various matters and events, including a Q&A on how to become a member of the department, responses to local fires, and a new ambulance that was put into service last December. As of Tuesday morning the page has 739 “likes.”



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