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.