As the cold weather continues to set in, now is an excellent time to discuss preparing for a snowstorm and low temperatures this winter. Mother Nature plays by her own rules, and there is no way to predict how harsh the weather will be this winter. Below are a few steps anyone can take to ensure that you and your family are ready for a winter storm. Even if you don’t have to use your preparations, knowing you are prepared can bring you peace of mind.
- Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to stay aware of changing weather conditions as power lines, Wi-Fi, and even cell towers can be knocked out during snow and ice storms. These power loss situations could last a few hours or even a few days, depending on the severity of the issue and weather. Consider an inexpensive and easy-to-use weather radio that will tune into severe weather alerts broadcast by NOAA and the National Weather Service.
- Before winter storms approach, remove any dangerous or dangling tree branches over your house. Branches that are loaded with snow and ice can easily break, causing damage to your roof.
- Pipes can crack and burst when cold temperatures cause the water inside to freeze. Protect outdoor water spigots by disconnecting all garden hoses from spigots. If possible, shut down the water supply for outside spigots and drain the remaining water. You can also place an insulated dome around each spigot for further protection.
- A slow drip on the coldest nights will reduce pressure in the water system. This means that even if a pipe freezes, it will likely not rupture. The best faucet to leave dripping is the one that is the furthest away from the main pipeline that brings water into your house. This will allow more pipes to receive the benefit of the drip.
- Maintain a stash of emergency supplies. FEMA recommends keeping a two-week supply of food, water, and medications for each family member. Other items to keep in your emergency kit are first-aid supplies, flashlights, and batteries. If your regular stove runs off of electricity, consider keeping a portable camping stove that runs off of propane in your emergency kit. Store extra propane tanks so you don’t run out!
- Keep a couple of portable battery banks regularly charged that can support your mobile phones and any other crucial electronic equipment during a winter storm power outage.
- In addition to heavy blankets and sleeping bags, a fireplace or kerosene space heater will be your best solution if the temperature drops below the level of comfort or safety for you during a winter storm power outage.
- Pre-treat paved surfaces around your home with de-icer, rock salt, sand, or kitty litter if freezing rain or snow is in the forecast,.
- Make sure you have a snow shovel handy to remove snow as soon as possible from your porch stoops, steps, sidewalks, and driveways.
- If you must go out, give yourself plenty of time to prevent an automobile accident or a slippery fall. Ice and snow mean “take it slow!” Wear shoes with plenty of traction. You might even want to consider purchasing ice grippers for your shoes if you have to be in wintery conditions frequently. And dress appropriately for the weather!
We hope these tips will keep you safe and warm in your home this winter. Consider Zippy Shell for any short or long-term storage needs you might have this winter. Give us a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online. We look forward to making moving and storage simple for you!