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How to Prepare for Winter Weather

Preparing for Winter
Preparing for Winter

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Preparing for winter weather involves more than just buying salt and hot chocolate.

Stock up on non-perishables, like canned goods, and make sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions.

I have worked winter storms that have wrecked havoc on the unprepared – cold weather can kill – and it can cause accidents that kill and maim.  Just because you have a 4 wheeled drive does not mean you can stop on ice.

Use the Common Sense Steps Below:

  • Know the difference between a weather WATCH and a weather WARNING:  a watch means conditions are right for the event the advisory names and you should be ready to take protective action; a warning means that event is imminent and you should take protective action now.
  • Fill several large containers with water and store them appropriately.
  • Keep flashlights, batteries, candles and matches on hand.
  • Trim trees around the service line(s) entering your home. Keep areas surrounding electrical service equipment clear.
  • If you decide to use a generator or space heater, carefully review and follow all safety procedures in the owners’ manual.  If you’ve lost the owners’ manual, get it replaced.
  • Close off unused rooms to conserve heat. Open curtains and shades to let sunlight in; close them at night.
  • Keep your car’s gasoline tank at least half-full.
  • Tune often to local weather forecasts.
  • If you have special needs, such as life support equipment, be prepared in advance in the event you lose power.


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