Severe winter weather conditions that bring about heavy, blowing snow can be extremely hazardous to your home. Follow this check-list of what you need to do to keep your home safe as you weather a storm.
- Listen to a local radio station or watch your local news channel for regular updates on the storm conditions.
- To prevent your pipes from freezing during extreme conditions, turn on the faucets to let just a trickle of water run in the sink.
- If your water supply lines are in the garage, make sure the garage doors are closed to prevent them from freezing.
- Keep kitchen and bathroom door cabinets open to let warm air circulate around the plumbing pipes.
- Watch your thermostat: keeping it at the same temperature during the day and evening may give you a higher heating bill, but will also help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, which will result in a much larger repair bill.
- If your home loses power or heat during a storm, visit your local shelter to stay warm and safe.
There are many things you should do to prepare both your home and your family before a winter storm arrives. Here’s a storm preparation guide:
- Winterize your vehicle by making sure the gas tank is full and you have windshield washer fluid on hand if you’re driving.
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering the windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out of your home.
- Maintain your heating system by having it inspected on a yearly basis.
- Put together an emergency kit. Make sure it includes plenty of water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, batteries, first-aid supplies, medication and cellphone chargers.
- Include other items that are important to your family’s health and safety.
- Don’t have a fireplace? Consider having one built in your home. Alternate heating methods can provide extra warmth during extreme weather conditions and storms.