Think Farm & Home first for your winter essentials! Helpful tips for your house and car below!
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Some helpful tips for preparing your home for winter:
- Have your furnace or heating system checked by a professional.
- Check your ceiling fans to make sure they're circulating warm air down.
- Check attic for insulation and clean gutters.
- Double-check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles (and metal edging, too!).
- Check caulk and seals, replace as necessary. Windows and doors are huge energy wasters when improperly sealed.
- Downspouts should run away from your home and not pool on sidewalks and driveways.
- Turn off water to exterior faucets. If you have an irrigation system, have it readied for freezing temps.
- Do a final mow of the yard and apply any late-season seeds and/or treatments.
- Warm-weather tools often need attention. Think mowers, trimmers, etc.
- Consult with local nurseries about pruning trees and shrubs.
- If you haven't had rain in a while test your sump pump.
- Don't start fires in your fireplace unless and until your chimney has been inspected.
- Winter storms can sweep in quickly and leave stores depleted. Stock up early on necessities.
- Don't overload outlets or power strips/extension cords with electric heaters, christmas lights, etc.
Some helpful tips for preparing your car for winter:
- Visit your mechanic for a general checkup of key systems: antifreeze, tire tread and pressure, wipers, and battery.
- Carry winter supplies in your car, such as rubber boots, flashlight, blankets, a small shovel and phone charger in case of emergencies.
- Verify that you have necessary items like a spare tire, tow strap, jack, and jumper cables ready to use.
- Avoid letting the fuel tank get too low as condensation can build-up and create problems. Products like HEET can help.
- Don't drive if the roads are bad. Winter weather is especially difficult for first responders.
- Have plan when traveling: let people know your route and expected dates/times, travel during daylight hours, practice emergency scenarios ahead of time.
- After a snowfall or ice make sure to completely clear headlights, turn signals, and windows. Check the roof and slabs of ice/snow usually slide off when braking.