Because the greater Cleveland area is subject to some harsh winter conditions on a yearly basis, it’s a good idea for you to prepare your home in the case of a winter weather emergency before the colder months arrive. Follow these tips to prepare your home and your family so that you’re ready in the event that there’s a winter weather emergency.
Preparing your home
There are a number of things that you can do around the house to prepare for the winter. Adding storm windows will add another layer of protection, and since you won’t be able to use your heat during a power outage, you may want to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned out so they’re ready for use if you need them. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms have fresh batteries, even if they’re hardwired to the home’s current. Plug your electronics into surge protectors in the case of a blowout.
Stocking up on supplies
During a winter weather emergency, there’s a chance that the power goes out or that it becomes unsafe to go outside. Make sure you have the following items on hand:
- Food – Stock up on canned food and food that doesn’t spoil in case the power is out for longer than a day.
- Water – Make sure you have plenty of bottled water for drinking as well as water for washing.
- First aid kit – Have bandages and medicine on hand to treat illnesses or injuries.
- Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries – It’s important to stay in touch with news and weather sources if the electricity goes out.
- Wood – For if you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove.
- Emergency contact list – Keep a list of emergency numbers such as your doctor, friends, family and neighbors.
Follow these tips to be prepared for any possible winter weather emergency. For more information, contact Stack Heating & Cooling. We offer expert service to the greater Cleveland area.
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