With the Winter storms being right around the corner, everyone should be thinking about an emergency action plan. We are here to help you have a safe and warm Winter!
Pre-Winter Storm Preparation
Step 1: Prepare your home
Perform some basic winter maintenance-insult your walls attic, caulk and weather-strip doors and windows, and insulate water lines that run along outer walls. When temperatures drop, keep water taps slightly open so they drip continuously, and keep the cabinets under sinks open to allow warmer air in.
If you use a fireplace or wood stove, have the chimney or flue inspected each year. Make sure your house has working smoke detectors, and test them monthly.
Make sure you have emergency supplies and adequate food and water. A battery powered radio would be a good thing to invest in, in the event of an extended power outage.
Step 2: Prepare your car
Have your vehicle serviced according to manufacturer recommendations. Check the antifreeze level.
Keep the gas tank near full, which helps avoid ice in the fuel lines.
Replace wiper fluid with a wintertime fixture.
Make sure your tires are in good shape and have the proper air pressure.
Make sure your battery has a good charge, your heater and defroster are working well and that your emergency lights are functional.
Step 3: Prepare yourself
Always wear temperature appropriate clothing. Keep spare clothing and blankets in your care.
Always stay hydrated, it is just as important in the Winter as it is in the Summer!
Be mindful of physical exertion and the amount of time you’re spending outdoors. Shoveling snow is hard work!
Please let us know if you have any questions!
We hope you have a safe and fun Winter season!