Winter Storm Home Preparation
Our homes provide protection from the elements, but we still need to be diligent to keep our families safe during winter storms. Here are some tips to beat off any Winter Headache Issues.
1. Prepare those Pipes…
During the winter, then a highly functioning furnace and hot water heater are vital to keeping our home and families warm. The pipes and vents that move air and water throughout the house are equally important.
Further, to help reduce the chance of pipes freezing, then they should be used continuously throughout the winter.
Although it may seem like a waste, let water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. The amount of water that will flow through the pipes is very small compared to a burst pipe. Consider keeping your toilets flowing as well.
Additionally, because water is so vital to safety, be sure to save some water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Eating snow is a dangerous way to hydrate, and can lead to a case of hypothermia.
2. Healthy House Tips…
Take precaution to prepare pipes for winter helps ensure the safety of the inside of our homes. There are also a few ways to keep the outside of our homes safe during storms as well.
Many people associate de-icer solutions with breaking up ice on car windshield. While that is true, apply the same solution to your shovels to help prevent the snow from sticking.
For another easy DIY de-ice recipe, then simply combine rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle and you are on your way. Vinegar and water also works.
3. Awesome Automobile Tips…
Driving in the snow is pretty dangerous. Many people take precaution and the roads remain fairly safe. Like driving in the snow, it is always a good idea to proceed with caution.
The good thing about emergency kits is simple – they don’t go bad (maybe double check the extra batteries each year). They act a little like insurance; you don’t need them until you need them.
4. DON'T FORGET THE PETS!
They may have a nice, warm fur coat but they are still susceptible to these winter conditions. Help make them safe as well! Fresh water and plenty of food. Provide some sort of refuge from the cold. Even if you have to bring them in, it is only for a day or two. They will love you and everyone will be safe.
Here are some helpful articles about getting prepared…
No matter where you live, it's likely that you'll face severe winter weather at some point in your life. Blizzards and ice storms create extreme and dangerous driving conditions, while heavy snowstorms accompanied by wind can knock down power lines, leaving you without heat or means of communication. Create peace of mind for your family during a harsh winter by preparing ahead of time and following these tips to be ready before, during and after a nasty storm.
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