winter safety and preparedness

Posted on January 5, 2011

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With the recent snow storm and the chaos it brought with it, here in Boston and in the rest of the northeast. People were struggling with ways  to deal with the storm. But here are some ways to prepare for the winter weather. Snow storms or extremely cold weather can be predicted.  There for many home owners as well as people in general should be able to prepare ahead of time for any such occasion. You should always listen to the weather forecast often, and make sure to check or stock up on emergency supplies if any major storm is predicted.

Here a check list of ways to prepare your home for winter:

  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls (water will be less likely to freeze).
  • Service snow-removal equipment.
  • Have chimney and flue inspected.
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer.

For those who have a vehicle, know that the winter season can be one of the most dangerous and frustrating time if you’re not prepared.  First and foremost do not plan to make a trip or travel around when a winter storm is being predicted, unless you absolutely have to. Make sure to listing to the weather forecast and plan your trips accordingly. Make sure all your car maintenance is up to date. Also keep you car fueled and near full so that it doesn’t cause ice to form in the tank of lines, and more importantly make sure you have the right tires for the snow. Here are other things to check for.

Check list:

  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield wiper fluid (wintertime mixture)
  • Heater
  • Brakes
  • Ignition
  • Emergency flashers
  • Exhaust
  • Tires (air pressure and wear)
  • Fuel
  • Oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Defroster
  • Battery
  • Radiator

This information was brought to you by friends at CDC. For a more complete checklist of what you should have click here.

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