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Friday, October 02, 2020
Prepare for Winter In A Few Simple Steps
Prepare for Winter Falling leaves, hot chocolate, and warm sweaters are a good sign that fall has finally arrived. It also means that winter and colder temperatures are right around the corner.

Though typically it's a time of gatherings and holiday celebrations, thanks to the current pandemic, there's a good chance we'll all be spending a bit more time at home than usual.

So, it's a good idea to take some time to prepare ourselves, our homes, and our vehicles for the upcoming season.

Steps for you and your family:
  • Look into getting a flu shot for you and your family.
  • Stock up or replenish your emergency first aid kit. It's a good idea to have one for your home and a smaller one for your vehicle.
  • Find a style of face mask that works best for each family member. Make sure it fits well, it's protective, and easy to wash.
  • Set a simple workout routine that will be fun and easy to stick to.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle for each family member handy in order to keep hydrated.
Steps for your home:
  • Clean out your gutters by removing all debris and making sure water can flow freely.
  • Repair or replace any loose shingles to prevent roof leaks.
  • Install weather stripping around doors and windows to keep out drafts.
  • Protect your pipes by insulating any exterior faucets and water lines.
  • Have a professional company come clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries each month and be sure to replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector. These detectors are essential to keeping you and your family safe from this odorless, colorless gas.
  • Make sure you have flashlights with working batteries and/or candles handy in case of power outages.
  • Have a NOA weather radio to keep informed of potentially hazardous conditions.
Steps for your car:
  • Check your tire treads and replace if necessary.
  • Get your radiator serviced and check your antifreeze levels.
  • Top up your gas tank and try to keep it at least half full.
  • Purchase a car cover if it's susceptible to weather.
  • Get a windshield scraper or commercial de-icing spray to keep your windows clear.
  • Put together a car winter emergency kit to keep in your vehicle. A few things to include:
                o Cell phone car charger
                o Battery jumper cables
                o Flashlights and extra batteries
                o First aid kit
                o Emergency blanket 
                o Tire pump and a can of fix-a-flat

Taking a little time each year to prepare for winter can truly make all the difference in having a safe and comfortable season for you and your family. This year may be out of the ordinary, but taking these simple steps will help ensure that it's just a little bit easier.

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