How to Properly Prepare for a Snowstorm
Prepare For a Snowstorm the Proper Way
Every year it seems there’s a winter storm that surprises us. You watch the news, expecting 2-3 inches and wake up to nearly a foot or more! Harsh snowstorms cause power outages, burst pipes, and hazardous roads that lead to accidents. Regardless of a storms size, preparing for a snowstorm is crucial, you want to be sure you, your family and your home remain safe when severe winter weather hits.
Check out these snowstorm safety tips to learn how to prepare for a storm the proper way:
If You Lose Power
If you know your homes power system doesn’t usually hold up in bad weather, you may want to consider investing in a generator. Remember there are many types of generators, you can buy one at your local Home Depot, Lowes or other appliance stores. If you don’t think investing in a generator is something you can do, then be sure to have a place nearby that you can go to in the event you lose power or heat.
Stock Emergency Supplies
In the event that you lose power, and don’t plan on evacuating, you’ll want to have supplies in stock. Keep extra batteries, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and at least a two-week supply of water and non-perishable food for everyone in your home. You should also have a first-aid kit, medications, and a fire extinguisher handy in case of emergency. House fires are very common during winter storms as people tend to turn to alternate heat sources.
How to Safely Stay Warm During a Power Outage:
- Block drafts: Seal the gaps in your doors, windows, ceilings, walls and other openings. A rolled up town under the door works well.
- Dress in layers: Put on your winter hat and gloves.
- Light candles: Candles are great source of heat and light.
- Make a fire: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, fire it up.
- Stay in one room: Close off rooms you won’t be using.
- Use the sun: When the sun’s out, open your curtains to let in some heat. Otherwise, keep your curtains closed so you don’t lose heat through your windows.
Make a Plan
Be sure to communicate with your family about what to do if and when a storm storm hits your area. You should discuss a plan for how you will contact each other if you lose power, how you will get back together and where to go in-case of an emergency.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
Your pets need to be prepared for a winter storm too! Before a storm hits, make sure your pets are inside, and have plenty of food and water available. You should also make sure they’re wearing identification at all times, in-case they get lost. Remember if you see an animal outside in the cold, please take it in, even if you cannot keep it for long. Call your local shelter or animal control and they will assist you.
Winterize Your Vehicle
To lower the odds of being stuck out in the cold, make sure your vehicle is prepared for a winter storm. Install winter tires for increased traction and better braking and handling. Also, consider having a mechanic inspect your battery, ignition, windshield wipers, heater and lights. Don’t forget to keep your gas tank at least half full as well. It’s also a good idea to keep jumper cables, warm clothes, extra blankets and an ice scraper inside your car throughout the winter.
Protect Your Home
Snow storms are inevitable, so take the necessary precautions to protect your home from the elements. Follow these home safety tips for winter storms:
- Make sure your home is properly insulated: A well-insulated home will keep the warmth inside, reducing your heating costs and improving comfort.
- Keep your pipes warm: Avoid burst pipes and expensive damage by wrapping your pipes in insulation.
- Clean your gutters: To protect your home from water damage, clean your gutters to prevent water from backing up and freezing.
- Inspect your roof: Winter storm preparedness includes making sure to remove and replace any damaged shingles. If enough snow falls, your roof could collapse. When heavy snow starts to accumulate, consider using a roof rake to remove snow and prevent ice dams.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful when preparing for the next snowstorm. When the next storm comes, consider de-cluttering your home! Snow days are a great time to catch up on cleaning. If you find yourself with a ton of household waste you no longer want or need, call us at Waste Solutions 123!