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Weathering a winter storm

Winter Safety Tips

We’ve got the tips, advice and information you need to help you stay safe before, during and after a winter storm.

BEFORE


Understand what’s coming

  • A winter weather “watch” means severe wind chill, a blizzard or storm is forecast within 24 - 72 hours.* If you live in the watch area, listen to weather updates and get prepared whatever is forecast.
  • A winter weather “warning” means that dangerous weather conditions that could threaten people and property is forecast within the next 24 hours.* You should remain at home and only leave if you absolutely must, using extreme caution if you do.

Get your home ready

  • Use storm windows to protect and insulate your home
  • Clear gutters of leaves and debris to prevent flooding or ice dams
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working
  • Check heating fuel levels
  • Make sure heating equipment and chimneys have had their annual inspection

Make vehicles ready

  • Make sure gas tanks are full
  • Check antifreeze levels
  • Move your vehicle if necessary
  • Make sure you have a car emergency kit, including a flashlight, water, snacks, extra hat, socks, gloves, blankets, first aid kit, rock salt, flares, shovel and tire chains

Get required supplies

  • Several days supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Any medications
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • NOAA weather radio
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rock salt
  • Snow shovel or snow removal equipment

DURING

Do not leave home

  • Stay tuned to TV or radio for important weather changes
  • Only leave the house if absolutely necessary

Prevent plumbing emergencies

  • Prevent freezing pipes by leaving faucets slightly open and keeping under sink doors open to circulate warm air
  • If pipes do burst, know where the water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off

Be safe if you lose power

  • If you have a generator, NEVER use it inside your home, garage, basement, crawl spaces or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even if ventilated.
  • Do not leave lit candles unattended

Don’t forget your pets

  • Bring them indoors or to a warm sheltered area
  • Provide easy access to food and water

AFTER

Be safe

  • Snow and ice outdoors can be a problem whether walking or driving
  • If shoveling snow or ice, warm up first, take breaks and don’t overexert yourself
  • Stop physical activity immediately if you get dizzy, nauseous, sweat excessively or have shortness of breath
  • Avoid hypothermia or frost bite by covering exposed skin and dressing in warm layers

And, we’re the local name you can trust for all of your home service needs -24/7, in any weather.
Call 1.800.984.1411

*Source: National Weather Service

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