How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
It’s only a matter of time before winter storms start to arrive, causing potential damage to your home. In order to make it through storm season with little or no issues, it’s important to be prepared in the event a storm hits your area. Here are a few tips to prepare.
1. Know the location of your water main. In the event of a power outage, it’s a good idea to turn off your water main since your home will likely be without heat. This will prevent your pipes from freezing, bursting, and flooding your home.
2. Check carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly. Carbon monoxide has no smell and can therefore go undetected in your home. A carbon monoxide leak that goes unnoticed can be fatal.
3. Have an emergency kit on hand. Put together an emergency kit and place it in a convenient location. This kit should include candles, flashlights, spare batteries, blankets, non-perishable food items, bottled water, and toiletries. You should have enough supplies for 7 days.
4. Stock up on wood. If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace in your home, make sure to stock up on dry wood before the storm hits. Ensure sure your chimney has been recently cleaned by a professional and is safe and ready for starting a fire.
In the event of a storm it is always important to be safe. By taking initiative and preparing for a storm, you’ll have the tools you need to help ease the stress of the situation.