North Yorkshire firefighters have attended a record number of call outs to deal with burst water pipes in the last two days.
The county's fire service has now issued advice to householders in a bid to stop crews being tied up when a more serious incident occurs.
A spokesman said crews attended 22 incidents overnight on Tuesday and received 47 calls overnight Wednesday.
People should isolate the water and power supplies if pipes burst.
The spokesman said: "These actions can be done by the householder to reduce further water damage, reduce the risk of electric shocks and not tie a fire appliance up when it may be needed for more serious incidents."
- 22 December 2010