A massive winter storm is making its way across the country this week, bringing with it heavy snow, high winds and single-digit temperatures as far south as Louisiana. conditions are Holiday travel is expected to be significantly affectedAnd similar storms have recently challenged power grids and other infrastructure. Even in states that are used to winter weather, remember How an arctic freeze drove Texas ,No Addicted to winter weather) in February 2021?
So—especially if you live in a place that doesn’t see much cold, snow, or ice—you should check the forecast and Prepare your home and belongings accordingly, are here consider precautions Ahead of any winter storm.
bring your pets and plants inside
This should be a no brainer, but anything that survives an arctic freeze is unlikely to corrode well. If you have pets, livestock, or plants outside, bring them inside or set up a shelter until the temperatures rise. For cold-sensitive plants in the ground, cover them at the very least, although note that high winds can make cover less effective, and you’ll definitely want to bundle up or secure with blankets, cloth or clothing.
clean your gutters
it should have been on you Fall Home Maintenance Task ListBut now is as good a time as any to remove leaves and debris from your gutters to reduce the risk of ice dams, which can prevent snow from melting off your roof and result in water damage.
protect your pipes
Insulating and/or draining your home’s pipes is no guarantee against bursting, but it can certainly reduce the risk. You will need to turn off the main water valve to your home and then flush the toilets and run the faucets until they are empty (here is a very detailed way, Don’t forget to fill the bathtub, cooler, and jug first so you have water for drinking, flushing, etc.
If you can’t or don’t want to shut off the water completely for the duration of the storm, at least protect the pipes with insulation (Pool Noodles Are an Option for actual insulation) and open the tap to drip cold water. Leave sink cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms open to expose the pipes to the warm air. You should also put away hoses, chill the pool and water equipment, and turn off any outside water sources.
seal or insulate your windows and doors
Heat can easily be lost (and cold air seeped in) through window and door gaps. Add weather stripping for insulation, or stuff towels to prevent drafts. Keep curtains and blinds closed.
Charge all your electronics to full battery
if there is Any Risk of losing power, make sure all devices are fully charged. It is also a good practice to have a spare portable battery pack (also fully charged) in case the power is out for a while, as well as spare batteries and/or solar camping lantern, If you don’t have these supplies at the time of this storm, add them to your emergency kit for the next one.
And, a reminder: Don’t use your oven or stove to heat, and be sure to keep portable generators away from any structures. And make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.