Are you prepared for the wintry, snowy and frozen mix that could come with it as winter approaches? If not, you'll want urgent action. The best weather planning time is before it hits.
In planning for winter weather, many people think they have little to worry about. Yeah, sometimes this might be accurate, but you never really know. While winter weather, including wind, snow and ice, is generally associated with the north, did you know the south can also be affected? While not as widespread, southern states have experienced their fair share of snow and ice. Unfortunately, since these weather phenomena are very rare, they are unfamiliar and the danger risk still lurks.
You'll want to start with your home when planning for winter weather. If you live in an area vulnerable to cold weather, you'll want action. This action should entail closing all gaps in your home. This may include redone the windows or removing all fans and air conditioners. Before turning on your heat, it's important to check all quickly. If you have a furnace, you may want a professional to test it first and all electric baseboard heaters should be cleaned before turning on.
When winter weather, namely snow, arrives, it's important to consider your roof. In the event of a snowstorm, it is vital that your roof can withstand the weight of all snow. If not, securely clear the snow from your roof. If you don't believe you can do that, you'll want to call a specialist. In keeping with the outside of your house, you will still want rock salt or ice melt on hand. In wintertime, particularly in the north, you never know when outside conditions will turn to ice.
As winter approaches, you should also look closely at your car. One of winter weather's greatest impacts is on travel. If you plan to drive in winter and live in an area prone to snow and ice, you'll want to make sure your car is ready for winter. You'll want to make sure you've got the right tires and an emergency kit. This emergency kit should contain wardrobe change, a sweater or sweatshirt, a pair of gloves, a winter coat, scarf, and a few snacks. A snowbrush, a small ice melt container, and a small snow shovel might also be a good idea.
What's good about winter weather is that many meteorologists expect bad weather. This means you should have an idea what to expect if a winter storm approaches, at least in terms of snowfall and ice levels. In wintertime, it is critical that you review all weather forecasts, whether online, through your TV or radio. This is especially important when planning a trip or even just commuting to and from work. If the weather is bad enough to close schools, you will want to look closely at your travel plans.
While winter storms have the greatest effect on travel, the other effects of extreme wind, snow, or ice are also significant. Like downed trees and power lines. Since a winter storm has a high likelihood of power failure, you'll want to plan for it. Your preparation steps should involve a broad range of flashlights and batteries or candles. Space heater is also perfect if you lose steam. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the hazards and dangers of unsafe space heater use before using one.