Baby, it’s cold outside….

While it’s not snowy yet, it is getting colder. Fall is truly upon us, leaves are starting to fall and we’ve had our first freeze.Woman blowing snow

Although it didn’t last long and the air is continuing to stay crisp, snow could be just around the corner, any day, any hour, any minute. If you’ve lived in our area for any real length of time, you’ve probably experienced our drastic temperature changes at least once or twice. In our part of the world we truly need to “be ready” for whatever comes our way.

To help us all be ready for colder weather we are going to offer up some refreshers on winter weather preparedness.

Before the storm… preparing your home:

  • Clean your gutters, before leaves have a chance to freeze.
  • Garden hoses should be removed and water to outdoor faucets she be turned off.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Seal areas that have a potential for drafts. Every outlet in any wall is a way in which drafts escape. Consider outlet and light switch sealers.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
  • Service snow-removal equipment.
  • If you will be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year. A good time and easy way to remember to do is when you “spring forward” your clocks and “fall back” your clocks.
  • Have chimney and flue inspected.
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer. Our ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Check the temperature often during winter months.

Spend a little time on these proactive actions over the next few weeks so you can spend less time cleaning up weather-induced messes and spend more time building snowmen and sledding ramps.

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