It’s important to prepare your home for winter weather. Winter storms can bring a mix of snow, sleet and ice that can cause pipes to burst, the power to go out and the inside temperatures to drop. Being prepared makes all the difference; be sure to follow these essential tips to ride out any snowstorm with minimal risk.
Prepare your Home for Adverse Weather Conditions.
Is your home ready for the next winter storm? Here’s what you can do.
Stock up on Food and Water
If bad weather is headed your way, it could potentially be days before it’s safe to drive. Make sure you have enough non-perishable foods and water in case the worst were to happen—you can never be too safe. Keep in mind that perishable (items like milk and eggs) will go bad if the power goes out.
Protect Your Pipes
When the temperature drops, it can mean disaster for your pipes. You can either open the cabinets under the sink (circulates the home heating) or allow your sink to slightly drip (prevents the water from freezing in the pipes).
Insulate Your Home
Proper home insulation is vital to keeping out cold air and moisture. Make sure your doors and windows have intact weather strips. Many doors (especially the front door) loose their weather strips due to frequent use. You might not notice a big difference day-to-day, but these strips help keep out cold air and moisture from rain or snow.
Have a Supply of Batteries, Flashlights and Candles
You never know when the power will go out. Ice on the power lines can cause widespread power outages—don’t find yourself in the dark. Have several flashlights and candles at hand with backup batteries available.
Maintain Driveway and Sidewalks
Before a storm, scatter either cat litter, sand or salt on your sidewalk and driveway. These will help minimize the amount of icy patches that can cause you and others to slip and fall.
Be Cautious of Alternative Heating Sources
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It has no odor and can cause headaches, nausea or even death. If you use your fireplace and it isn’t properly cleaned, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The same can occur if you use alternative heating sources like outside-only grills or stoves. Having a carbon monoxide detector can literally save your life.