So are you and your family prepared for winter and the cold weather? There are lots preparations that should be done prior, during and after winter…
The most important preparation should be your home! I hate when there is a cold draft in the house.
- Insulate walls and attics
- Caulking and weather stripping doors and windows
- Install storm windows or covering windows with plastic
- Clear rain gutters
- Repair any roof problems
- Remove any tree branches that could possibly fall onto your house
- Have your furnace checked and fireplace cleaned and any fuel equipment should be vented outside
- Insulate pipes…TIP: Let your facet drip just a bit to help pipes from freezing in severe cold weather
- If you live in a high snow accumulation area, having a contractor check your home and roof for structure soundness.
- Sufficient heating fuel if on propane, oil or firewood
- Any snow removal equipment…..snow shovels, rock salt, sand or other equipment.
- Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working (We change our batteries every year when we adjust our clocks)
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, heater or any gasoline, propane device inside your home including your basement, crawlspace, attached garage etc. Caution: Carbon monoxide deaths can happen anytime but are more common in the winter. There are hundreds of deaths each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. And if the detector would sound, call for help from a fresh air location not inside the building.
- Bring pets inside during any winter weather. And move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas. And continue to check if there is a supply of water that is not frozen.
- Minimize travel is the weather turns severe.
- Restock your emergency supplies, fuel etc as soon as possible to get ready for the next weather event.
- Did your preps work? What could you have done better? What changes for next time?