Cold Weather Preparedness

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We are expecting to get an arctic blast of cold weather in the upcoming days. Are you prepared for temperatures below freezing? Here are some tips that everyone should read courtesy of Ready.gov!

For Your Vehicle-

  • Check Antifreeze levels
  • Battery should be in top condition with clean terminals
  • Check for any leaks in exhaust system
  • Keep a full tank of gas- this will keep fuel from freezing
  • Make sure heater and defroster are working properly
  • Check Lights and Hazard Lights, Oil, and Windshield Wipers
  • Install Good Winter Tires- it is important that your tires have adequate tread

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
a shovel
windshield scraper and small broom
flashlight
battery powered radio
extra batteries
water
snack food
matches
extra hats, socks and mittens
first aid kit with pocket knife
necessary medications
blanket(s)
tow chain or rope
road salt and sand
booster cables
emergency flares
fluorescent distress flag

For Your Home-

  • Maintain heating equipment and have chimneys cleaned yearly
  • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing
  • All fuel burning equipment should be kept outdoors and well ventilated
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure all members of the household know how to use them
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows

It is also a very good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.

Stay Safe and Warm!

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