Officials urge residents to turn off sprinklers during freezing temps

Tony Corcoran
In this Friday, June 5, 2015, photo, Tony Corcoran records sprinklers watering the lawn in front of a house in Beverly Hills, Calif. Corcoran is one of several people who spend their spare time these days canvassing the tony communities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and elsewhere, looking for people wasting water during the worst California drought in recent memory. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- As temperatures continue to drop below freezing, local emergency management officials are urging residents to turn off their sprinkler systems to avoid freezing the roads. Shutting off automatic sprinklers Is the best way to prevent ice from freezing creating a hazard for drivers.

“What can happen if you keep your sprinkler running or automatically coming on is that it will build up an icy patch on the road because obviously, the roads are blacktop and drivers can’t see that. Once you apply your breaks on an icy top road all you’re going to do is slide,” says Sgt. Shane McDaniel.

If you do come across an icy patch on the roads, officials recommend that you do not try and maneuver the vehicle or press on your breaks.

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