9 Winter Preparedness Tips for Your Home or Small Business

9 Winter Preparedness Tips for Your Home or Small Business

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As we approach winter, it’s important to be ready for the cold weather that affects much of the US for months each year. There are lots of easy ways to ensure your home or small business are prepared for the coming cold weather, which includes not only freezing temperatures but other hazardous conditions as well.

9 Ways to Prepare for the Winter Season

  1. Understand the common National Weather Service winter weather classifications. Knowing the difference between outlooks, advisories, watches and warnings helps you prepare for winter weather. Pay attention to weather alerts and take even outlooks seriously, as this gives you time to gather supplies and change travel plans if your region does experience severe winter weather.
  2. Plan for long-lasting winter weather. Snow, ice and wind storms, as well as bitter cold, can last for days. Plan to spend days without heat, power or communication, as well as any way to reach a store for gas or groceries.
  3. Winterize your generator. To ensure your generator runs when your utility power goes out, prepare your backup power for cold weather and snow.
  4. Stock up on necessary supplies. Make sure you have all the supplies you need to weather a long-lasting winter storm. Food and bottled water, as well as any necessary medications, are most important. You’ll also want flashlights, firewood, hand sanitizer and backup batteries for your cell phone.
  5. Coordinate within your neighborhood to ensure elderly neighbors are ready for winter weather. Plan to check in on those who are most likely to be affected by a winter storm, such as older adults, young families and sick individuals. Stop by before the snow starts, as well as periodically during the storm when it’s safe to do so.
  6. Put emergency supplies in your car. When inclement winter weather strikes, you may not be at home. Keep jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, extra clothes, blankets, water and snacks in your car. Make sure you always have a full gas tank during the winter as well.
  7. Learn the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, as well as how to treat them. These conditions are brought on by extreme cold, which can happen inside without heat. Not only should you learn how to treat these conditions, but how to prevent them.
  8. Check your carbon monoxide detectors. Backup power and alternative cooking or heating methods you might rely on during a winter storm should never be used indoors or near an open window. Working, battery-operated detectors ensure you’re alerted if a malfunctioning generator or grill is allowing deadly carbon monoxide to enter your home.
  9. Update your home, small business and/or flood insurance. Make sure your home and business are insured against damage caused by cold weather. The peace of mind that comes with knowing your buildings and belongings are protected from any damage will help you weather the storm.
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