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Prepare for Winter Before It Arrives
Predicting the weather – especially months out – is an inexact science. But what we do know is that winter is coming and, according to some forecasts, it is going to be a rerun of last winter. If you want to make sure you are safe and warm this winter, this is what you should be doing now:
Get your furnace checked. The colder it gets, the harder it can be to get an appointment for a furnace check. So act soon, because you don’t want your furnace to stop working when the mercury drops below zero.
Have your fireplace inspected. A fireplace can make even cold nights seem cozier. And if your furnace quits or your power goes out, a fireplace could be your only source of heat. Have a professional check your fireplace and chimney to make sure everything is clean and in working order. You also might want to pile up some wood where you can get to it as you need.
Check your house for air leaks. Once it gets colder, stand near the doors and windows of your home and see if you can feel cold air coming in. If so, use caulk or draft stoppers to stay toasty.
Make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors work. Faulty furnaces can cause leaking carbon monoxide, which can be fatal. And home fires are more common in the winter.
Have your roof inspected and your gutters cleaned. If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, it can cause water and ice to back up and damage your roof. You also want to make sure that there is no existing roof damage and, if there is, get it repaired.
Take a look at your trees. Do any big branches hang over your roof or rub up against it? If so, call a tree trimmer to take a look.
Consider a generator. If power outages are a problem where you live, you might want to get a generator. Before you start it up, though, make sure you know how to use it.
Make an emergency kit. The kit should include flashlights and batteries, blankets, matches, a battery-operated radio with extra batteries, additional clothes like sweatshirts and coats, and non-perishable food. Once winter arrives, make sure your cell phone is always fully charged, especially if bad weather is expected.
Prepare for snow removal. Line up a snow removal service or make sure your snow blower is ready, stock up on salt, and move snow shovels and other tools for removing snow and ice to a place where you can get to them easily.
Make sure your car’s gas tank is full if freezing temperatures are expected. Then stock in some hot chocolate and old movies, and settle in to enjoy whatever Mother Nature sends our way.
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