Karen Minton's Winter Weather Checklist

by: Karen Minton Updated:

In your home:

  • Get your heating system checked by a certified professional to assure system is working properly to avoid problems including carbon monoxide poisoning.  Also change air filters.
  • Prevent plumbing freeze ups. Check all outside pipes and faucets.  Get insulated covers for faucets, and wraps for pipes at most home fix-it stores.
  • Install smoke detectors on all levels and make  sure they have fresh batteries.
  • Have fire extinguishers and know how to use them.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of home.
  • In case of a power failure, don’t use generators unless it is outside the home and properly ventilated to keep carbon monoxide out of the home.
  • Keep electric heaters away from fabric like curtains, bedding and other furniture to prevent fires. 



  • Check engine oil and keep filled at proper levels.
  • Change washer fluids and antifreeze for the winter season.  Most are good to 10 degrees below zero.
  • Replace worn wiper blades
  • Rotate tires, keep proper amount of air in them, replace if too worn.
  • Test your battery. A weak battery or alternator may not be able to deliver the amperage required for a winter-cold start.
  • Keep flash lights, blanket, and boots in the car. 


  • Bring pets indoors during freezing temperatures.  If they are outside, then have a shelter that will protect them from the wind and wet weather.  Keep plenty of fresh water near them.
  • Move farm animals to a more sheltered area with access to their food and water.  


Check out winter preparedness lists from FEMA and NOAA.