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Winter is Here! Are You Ready?

Winter is Here! Are You Ready?

Winter can be a difficult season. Between the short days and unpredictable freezes, we battle icy roads, dehydration, power outages, and frozen pipes. 

Keeping your family safe and warm during the long winter months is top-of-mind for all, and we are here to help! 

Winterize like a pro and beat those wintertime worries with the below tips. A little bit of preparation (and proper hydration) can keep the chaos to a minimum during any unforeseen winter disaster. 

Remember, winterizing goes well beyond yard prep! 

Hydration Tips

  • Keep a water bottle handy (flavor with lemons!).

  • Drink warm water and honey while waking up in the morning. 

  • Install and use humidifiers in each bedroom.

  • Incorporate water-heavy fruits and veggies into your winter diet (such as apples, grapes, and celery). 

  • Avoid heavily caffeinated drinks that quickly dehydrate you. 

Home Preparedness Kit

  • WATER

  • Food 

  • Battery-Powered Radio

  • Flashlight

  • First Aid Kit

  • Whistle

  • Manual Can Opener

  • Manual Wine Opener

  • Duct Tape

  • Plastic Bags and Ties

  • Extra Batteries 

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

  • Keep your garage doors closed as much as possible.

  • Should an outage occur, let the faucets drip slowly.

  • Open all interior doors to allow for better heat circulation (and bathroom cabinet doors at night).

  • At a minimum, keep your interior temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and be sure to stay consistent.

Car Preparedness Kit

  • WATER

  • Snacks

  • Windshield Scraper

  • Flashlight

  • Extra Batteries

  • Blankets

  • Sunscreen 

  • Hand-warmers

  • Extra Chargers 

We hope these tips help you weather winter wisely! Stay safe and warm! 

 

Additional Article Sources

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather#:~:text=Preparing.

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/preparehome.html

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html

https://www.weather.gov/fsd/winter_preparedness

https://www.weather.gov/ilx/winter_drive2_social

https://housemethod.com/blog/emergency-winter-power-outage-kit/

 

Want to Learn More? 

https://www.almanac.com/content/winter-car-emergency-kit

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-thaw-frozen-pipes/

https://www.bhg.com/how-to-thaw-frozen-pipes-6750972

https://www.massgeneral.org/news/article.

https://www.mana.md/what-you-should-know-about-winter-dehydration/

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