Helping You Prepare for Winter Storms
Winter has descended, bringing unpredictable weather conditions. We're here to provide valuable tips and guidance to assist you in preparing your property and vehicles for potential storm impacts in your area.
Home Preparedness: Ensure your home is ready for a winter storm with the following steps:
- Wrap exposed pipes using insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.
- Seal cracks and holes in the outer walls and foundation. Pay attention to openings left by cable installations that may expose pipes.
- Maintain rain gutters, fix roof leaks, inspect the roof's capacity to bear the weight of snow and ice, and trim tree branches that could pose a threat to your home or nearby structures.
- Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors equipped with battery backups.
- Explore the option of acquiring alternative heating sources, ensuring proper ventilation for all fuel-powered heaters (natural gas, kerosene, butane, oil).
Vehicle Preparedness: Take the necessary precautions for safe travel during a winter storm:
- If possible, avoid driving on the roads during severe weather conditions. If stranded in your car, remain inside.
- Compile an emergency supply kit for your vehicle, including matches, a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight, warm clothing, blankets, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, and a brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna.
- Keep a small broom and a sack of sand in your vehicle to enhance traction under the wheels, and consider carrying tire chains or traction mats.
Stay safe during the winter season.