Keeping Your Home Safe During A Snow Storm

In December 21, 2015

Do you love winter-time? There is something special about the chill in the air and the possibility of snowfall during those freezing winter nights, especially around the holidays. If you love winter, you love the snow. It is so beautiful when the snow has fallen and nothing has disturbed it. Plus, if you have kids you can go out and build a snowman together and get in some great family bonding time! Snow days can be fun for both you and the kids, but you should be sure your home is safe prior to a big snow storm. Winter prep for your home means keeping you and your family safe and warm all season long until spring! Follow these tips for snow storm safety to make it through this winter with ease and be sure to winterize your home.

Keep the House Warm:

  • Check to see if your windows are airtight. If you have the funds during the fall, you can upgrade your windows to newer and more energy-efficient windows. For anyone who doesn’t have the budget to replace all of the windows or perhaps rents their home, you can fill any seams or cracks with weather stripping or can use plastic to cover the windows to ensure the cold air stays out and the warm air stays in!
  • If a big snowstorm is on the way, consider turning up the heat in your home just in case you lose power. This will help get the temperature up prior to any power outages and will in return keep your home warmer longer without a powered heat source.
  • Many people will turn to electric space heaters and electric blankets to avoid expensive gas or oil heat costs. Be sure to always turn off the heater or blanket for any times you are not awake or are not around the unit to prevent any fire hazards. Also be sure to place the space heater or blanket in a space place that is out of reach of small children, pets, or flammable materials.
  • Be sure you have gotten any necessary heating repairs done to your home and have a full oil tank prior to winter!

Have the Necessary Winter Tools:

  • Get a few new shovels for this winter to help keep the sidewalks and driveway clear. If possible, either purchase or service your snow blower to make sure it is ready to take on this winter.
  • Stock up on rock salt and some kitty litter. Kitty litter is actually great for adding some traction to slippery sidewalks or for helping your car tires get traction if the car is stuck in the snow.
  • Be sure you have a flashlight that works in case of any power outages!
  • Consider stocking up on extra fuel for snow removal machinery or for a generator in case of a power outage and or fuel restrictions.

Pack up on emergency goods:

  • Prior to a big snow storm, be sure you have enough food and water in case of any power outages. Buying a case of bottled water and some food that doesn’t required to be cooked will come in handy if you are stuck in the house for a few days without power.
  • Check your emergency first aid kit. Be sure you enough all of the items you would need in case someone slips, gets a cut, or has a minor injury.
  • Keep extra blankets stocked!
  • Consider having these items also in your car in case you get stuck in the snow.

Clean up the Yard:

  • Check for any branches that could possibly break under the weight of snow and ice. Remove any of these dangerous trees and or branches.
  • Clean out the gutters of all the fall leaves.
  • Have the chimney cleaned out prior to use to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Repair any roof issues prior to snow to keep your home stable, dry, and warm.

These are just a few tips to help with winter storm preparedness. You always want to be ready prior to a big snow storm, so be sure that your home is ready sooner rather than later. You will be glad you did when you are safe, warm, and dry this winter!

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