No one likes to talk about winter storms and the havoc they wreak on home and business owners. Nevertheless, preparedness is the most important factor in surviving the bitter, cold and snowy days ahead as we trudge on through the winter months.
You don’t have to wait until you’re in the midst of a polar vortex to gear up and battle out the elements. Making sure you are stocked with the essentials for inside and outside survival can and should be done in the early and late fall months.
Here are some of the most valuable tips for getting through a winter storm.
- Winter storms can be deadly. First, educate yourself on what types of winter storms there are. Watch your local weather channel for storms warnings and updates.
- Stock your home with plenty of flashlights, batteries, food, water and blankets. If at all possible, obtain a back-up generator should your power go out.
- Make sure you have quality snowplow, shovels, ice scrapers and winter weather attire for when you have to go out and shovel and scrape ice.
- Make sure your car’s gas tank is full to prevent fuel line from freezing.
- Invest in storm windows or cover with plastic on the inside to keep the cold air out. Caulk around window sills where drafts can become a problem.
- For those worried about pipes freezing, you can wrap them in old newspaper.
- Whenever possible, make sure all outside vents are shoveled from snow to prevent damage.
Trees can also be of hazard in a winter storm. Heavy snow, ice and strong wind gusts can bring down large branches and the entire tree. If you experience any storm damage from fallen limbs and branches, call Big Foot Tree Service. We are available 24/7 for tree removal services.