Knowing What to Do in an Emergency Weather Advisory Isn’t Always Easy.
With the ongoing harshness of winter weather this year, it’s important to be prepared and know how to keep yourself and your family safe. Due to the unpredictable weather, determining what emergency essentials are necessary and prepping for the winter storm before it arrives is crucial.
Think about Energy Efficiency
To prepare for the low temperatures and drafts associated with this time of the year, don’t forget to include these winter essentials for the interior of your home. The drafts which flow through your house actually account for 5 to 30% of your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To combat some of these drafts, consider introducing some of these changes.
Seasonal Use Items
It is important to keep up with seasonal maintenance. If you primarily depend on firewood/pellets, make sure you are stocked up and be sure to clean out your chimney before the weather turns sour. Your heating system should be also be kept updated. Check to see if an air filter needs to be replaced, if you have sufficient amounts of propane/gas, and conduct a test run to make sure everything is still properly working.
Prepare Your Home
Heavy rain/snow: Make sure your gutters are cleared before the first snowfall. If they become too weighed down, they could pull away from the siding and water could leak into your home.
Ice: Outdoor water faucets should be turned off to prevent frozen/ cracked exterior pipes. Sand, salt or ice should be accessible near walkways to prevent slippage.
Wind: Check nearby trees which appear rotting or dead. Heavy wind or snow could result in trees collapsing due to the strenuous added weight. Any loose or missing roof shingles should be replaced to prevent leakage onto your ceiling.
Don’t forget to make your own emergency kit including candles and blankets if there is a power outage. You may consider investing in a generator if you live in a frequently hit area. By following these tips, your home will be winterized and ready for any emergency that comes your way.