Hints, Tips & Advice

Preparing for Winter

Ok, many of us around the country are now becoming aware that winter may come a tad earlier than expected … For example, parts of southern New England (that’s not the mountains of Vermont or New Hampshire), not to mention the Mid-Atlantic states, just received an early Christmas gift of anywhere from 6” to 24” of snow – yikes, I haven’t even turned off my outdoor faucets.

So, it is clearly time to get off our couches and get prepared for the cold weather – hey, it even gets cold in Las Vegas and Florida. So, here are some ideas from www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ to guide you in this preparation:

  • Check home insulation for adequate amounts.
  • Caulk and weather-strip outside windows and doors.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Prep your snow removal equipment (snow blowers, plows, shovels, snow rakes).
  • Change furnace filters regularly.
  • Install programmable thermostats.
  • Check your car’s antifreeze.
  • Have your car’s oil changed and tune-up.
  • Check for proper tire pressure.
  • Check for proper amounts and type of windshield washer fluid.
  • Have plenty of assorted batteries in your home.
  • Have a battery operated radio available.
  • Check your candle supply as well as ensure you have plenty of operating flashlights.
  • Know which channels to check on the radio and the television to find weather, school, and traffic information.
  • Know what your local areas warning signals are (ex. siren, horn, etc.)
  • Ensure you have plenty of drinking water in the house when an emergency is imminent.
  • Check to make sure your first-aid kit is current.
  • Have an assorted amount of canned foods (current) and pastas for easily prepared meals.
  • Review your supply of medications, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
  • Have rock salt (or some other supply) for de-icing walkways.
  • Keep temps in the house at the most efficient, yet safe, levels.
  • Always wear multiple layers for warmth, comfort, and ability to adjust your body temperature by removing or adding layers.
  • When going outside to work or play, don’t consume alcohol beverages.
  • Be smart, practical, and proactive in your winter preparation.

If you’re like me, I can write a great “To do” list, yet I am pretty poor at following through with getting it in place. Make a concerted effort to get as many items checked off your list as possible – it could save your life or someone else’s life!

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