1. Have a plan:
It is important to have an emergency plan in place for your family in case of a natural disaster or extreme weather event. This plan should include who will be responsible for taking care of each family member, where you will go if you need to evacuate, and how you can stay in contact with each other during the event.
2. Check your heating system:
Before the cold weather hits, it is important to have your heating system inspected and serviced by a professional. This ensures that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently so you can stay warm during the winter months.
3. Stock up on supplies:
Start stocking up on essential items such as flashlights, batteries, blankets, food, water, medication, etc., in case of an emergency or power outage. Make sure to check expiration dates often and restock as needed.
4. Protect your pipes:
Check all exposed pipes for signs of freezing or burst pipe and inspect insulation around the area if necessary. If possible, keep indoor temperatures above 55°F at all times to help prevent freezing or bursting.
5. Get your car ready:
Have your vehicle winterized before the cold weather arrives by having the tires, battery and fluids checked. Make sure you have a snow brush and ice scraper in the vehicle as well as an emergency kit that includes blankets, food, water and other essential items.
6. Check your roof:
Check for signs of damage such as missing shingles or broken tiles that could allow melting snow or ice to enter the home and cause major problems. Also inspect any skylights or vents to make sure they are properly sealed against leaks.
7. Ensure proper insulation:
Make sure insulation is adequate around windows, doors and in the attic to help keep your home warm during the cold winter months. If needed, add extra insulation to help seal gaps and prevent heat from escaping.
8. Keep a first aid kit on hand:
Keep a first aid kit well-stocked with essential items such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, etc., in case of an injury or medical emergency.
9. Secure outdoor items:
Secure any outdoor furniture or items that may blow away in heavy winds and make sure they are properly stored away during the winter season.
10. Create an emergency kit:
Create an emergency kit that includes flashlights, batteries, blankets, food and water for each family member. Make sure to include special items for any pets or elderly family members.
11. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:
Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home are working properly to help alert you of any potential danger. Replace batteries as needed and test them regularly.
12. Make sure fire extinguishers are up to date:
Check that your fire extinguishers are up to date and fully charged so they will work in case of a fire emergency. If needed, have them professionally serviced or replaced before the cold weather sets in.
13. Clear gutters and downspouts:
Clean out leaves, dirt, debris and other obstructions from gutters, drains and downspouts to help prevent water from overflowing onto your roof or walls.
14. Ready snow blowers, shovels, and salt:
Make sure all snow blowers, shovels, and salt are in working order before the first snowfall. This will make it easier to clear driveways and sidewalks of any ice or snow buildup.
15. Have alternate heating sources ready:
If you lose power during a winter storm, have an alternate heat source available such as a fireplace or wood stove to keep your home warm. Make sure to stock up on firewood ahead of time so you don’t run out during the coldest months of the year16. Make sure emergency contact info is up to date.