Preparing for Winter and Extreme Weather
As the weather gets colder, we are reminded of many things—religious holidays, family traditions, holiday baking, and gift-buying. During this busy time of year, it’s safe to say that things can escape your mind.
But it’s important that you not forget the basics about staying safe during hazardous weather. Here in Hyde Park, we know all too well that winters are cold and windy and can cause potentially heavy storms.
So, let’s have a little refresher on a few important items you need to keep in mind as winter is approaching.
Protect Your Family
It’s important your family has an emergency action plan in order to help reduce fear. This plan allows you to remain on the same page and helps promote action in the face of distress.
Be proactive by winterizing your vehicle. You can do this by verifying that fluids, tires, and all other maintenance are up to date and everything is in good working condition.
It is always a good idea to keep an emergency supply kit in your car and keep it updated with winter necessities—including a windshield scraper, warm clothing, and a blanket.
Protect Your Home
Frozen pipes can wreak havoc on your home. That’s why it’s imperative that you take action before it’s too late.
Before you crank up your heating source, it’s in your best interest to make sure that everything is well-maintained and properly working!
If you use real wood for a fireplace, make sure that your chimney is clean and well-ventilated in order to help reduce fire risk. As you prepare to ignite your fire, make sure to use only proper fuel.
Protect Your Pets
Pets are as important as any other family member, which is why it’s important you keep them safe and warm. Bring your pets indoors when the weather becomes hazardous because while some animals can handle the winter weather, most can’t and shouldn’t have to.
And don’t forget about your livestock. While you can’t bring them inside, you can certainly ensure that they have plenty of food and thawed water along with a place to provide some kind of shelter.
Watch for Melts and Flooding
A home covered in a white blanket of snow can be a beautiful sight, but as it begins to melt, it can cause dangerous floods.
This can put your home, family, and pets in serious danger. You can stay aware of the potential for dangerous floods by keeping up with emergency alerts.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.