Winter Storm Prep
With winter still upon us in many parts of the United States
we have prepared a list of things that you can do to prepare your business,
home and automobile along with tips that can help you lessen the risk of falling
while walking outside.
Preparing your business and or home
for winter weather:
- Caulk around your doors and windows (both the
glass and trim) as well as around all of your exterior trim. Installing or
replacing weather stripping on all of the doors and windows and checking for
cracks around your pipes and or electrical outlets that enter or exit the walls
of your structure will help to winterize your property and save energy.
- Have your heating systems checked by a licensed
HVAC professional at least once per year to ensure that units are working
- Check the gutters to be sure that they are free
from leaves and debris. Clean them if necessary.
- Check your roof and replace any shingles if you
find missing or damaged pieces.
- Check the foundation for any areas that water
might puddle and create a fall hazard.
- Trim trees away from your business or home to
prevent damage from falling limbs. Tree limbs covered in ice become heavy and
have a tendency to break off and could cause damage to your structure.
- Drain and shut off outdoor water faucets.
Insulate any water pipes that may be exposed to cold temperatures.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check your fire extinguishers and make sure that
everyone knows where they are located at and how to use them.
- Check your winter storm supplies to ensure that
you are well stocked and ready. Some of the items you may need are snow
shovels, rock salt, flashlights, blankets etc.
Winter Weather Tips to Prepare Your Automobile:
- Check and winterize your vehicle before starting
any traveling especially if you are planning a road trip you want to ensure
that your vehicle has been properly checked out. Be sure that your battery has
enough power and that your antifreeze compartment is filled.
- Always keep your gas tank near the full level to
prevent ice from forming in your fuel lines and to prevent you from getting
stranded due to low fuel.
- If you live in a climate prone to winter weather
or if you are planning on driving to an area that has winter weather upcoming
be sure to stock your vehicle with a survival kit that contains the following
items: blanket, mylar blanket to maintain body heat, first aid kit, flashlight with extra
batteries, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, snow shovel, took kit, compass,
knife, road maps, water bottles, high calorie snack foods, and a fully charged
cell phone. Our Urban Road Warrior Survival Kit contains all the necessary items you need on the road. Our Roadside Emergency Kit also contains the tools needed to get your vehicle back up and running in case it breaks down.
- Be sure to wear layers and have a hat, gloves
and winter boots packed for just in case they are needed.
Tips to Prevent accidents, slips or trips on snow and ice
Here are a few handy tips to help you prevent slipping while
navigating on snow and ice this winter:
- Clear the walkways of any snow or ice and spread
a deicer as soon as possible. Salt or kitty litter are also helpful.
- Wear the proper footwear (now is not the time
for pretty high heels). Pair of insulated as well as water resistant boots with
a sturdy rubber tread are a must for walking during and or after a winter
storm. It is recommended that you keep a pair of rubber overshoes with good
treads that can fit over your street shoes in your car or office to use as
- When navigating over snow or ice take short
steps and walk at a much slower pace than normal so that you can react quickly
in case you lose traction.