Mentions of wintry precip are back in the forecast for the week ahead and now is the time to get prepared. You don’t have to go out to the extreme, some extra thought here and there today can save you alot of headaches when a cold weather spell or a strong winter storm hits. Here are some tips to consider:
- Stock up on extra non-perishable food, water, medicines, and heating fuel.
- Secure backup heat sources. Never use charcoal, gas, or propane heaters indoors.
- Install and check smoke detectors and CO detection.
- Weather-strip windows and doors to help seal out the cold. Wrap pipes with insulation tape to prevent freezing and bursting.
- A bag of non-clumping kitty litter is an extremely useful item in a winter storm disaster supply kit. It can be used on walkways to prevent slipping and it provides traction under wheels of vehicles stuck in ice and snow. Make sure you have your snow shovel, sometimes during big storms they can quickly sell out at stores.
- Have a flash light in case power goes out. LED lamps, flashlights use the same batteries but last far longer for the same amount of light. Even solar-powered lights outdoors can be brought inside at night for lighting.
- Fill empty water jugs, leaving an inch of space at the top. Turn the refrigerator and freezer temps to their lowest settings and freeze as many jugs as possible. This will help keep items colder longer in the event of power outages.
For Your Car: - Keep a windshield scraper, shovel, small broom, blankets, jacket, and extra food in your car. Pay attention to road conditions & updates.
|Winter Weather Tips: OEM Winter Weather Preparedness
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