• Karen Minton's Winter Weather Checklist

    By: Karen Minton

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    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. 

     

    Vehicles:

    • 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. 

    Animals:

    • 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.

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