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Avoid frozen pipes, windshield wipers, and more

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WEBB CITY, MISSOURI -

by LISA OLLIGES

You'll want to be ready for the snow and ice and stores are setting up supplies.  Shovels, ice melt, scrapers and wood are among items ready for sale at Henkles Ace Hardware in Webb City.

The owner also just brought in a load of sand.  Windshield wiper fluid can freeze, so its good to add some fresh fluid, and you can find deicers as well.

But your home's pipes can also freeze.

Henkle says there's a special heat tape available to prevent that.

"Basically it's an electrical strip," says John Henkle, the owner of Henkle's Ace Hardware.  "It helps generate heat to keep the water from freezing to keep the pipes from freezing and bursting.  Relatively inexpensive - $20 to $30 different length, but they're effective."

Henkle says most people wait until the last minute to buy winter weather supplies but says it is better to have it before the snow starts.

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