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7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather Introduction
7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather. I am not a fan of winter weather, not by any stretch of the imagination. I just got done enduring a 5 day ice storm and all the side effects and damage from that. The number of people who were not prepared at all was astounding to me.
It is so crazy to see empty store shelves because people are panic buying anything and everything. But that is what a lack of preparation does to people, and it is sad. Because preparing for a storm or winter weather doesn’t take that much effort.
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This made me think about preparing for the winter. Are you ready? Besides winter causing the blues, mother nature can be brutal and unforgiving.
7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather
Preparing plants includes frost protection, and mulching to keep your plants happy and comfortable during their winter nap, as I call it.
Fall is the perfect time to prune many perennials and trees. Find a crisp clear day and spruce things up to give yourself a maximum year in the upcoming year.
If you’ve been doing yard renovations, be sure that all of the yard debris is cleaned up, shredded, burnt, composted, whatever you do with it, so that it doesn’t damage your efforts or yield unwanted weeds.
This is especially important in older homes and areas that are prone to power outages. Keeping your pipes from freezing is so important, because it saves you time, headaches, and money. No one wants a busted water pipe as a Christmas gift!
Take the time now to inspect your pipes for minor leaks or any other weakness you see, and take care of it now while they are cheap and easy. Don’t wait for a storm to send you a personalized notice.
Unhook outdoor hoses and put a cover on them. I like to take a little insulation, wrap it around the pipe, then cover that with a plastic bag, tape it off, then put the insulated cover on and tighten it. This may be overkill, but I’m pretty okay with that. This is such a small and simple task that will give you so much piece of mind, it is totally worth it!
Stock Up on Fuel
It never hurts to have fuel for winter, and I don’t just mean gas for cars. This means wood for fires as well. Make sure that you have enough to make it through an entire winter without completely depleting your wood stash. If you are able to, cut enough for the following year as well, so that it has time to dry out. It never hurts to be ahead on fuel supplies!
If you don’t have an alternative heat source for power outages, now is absolutely the time to get one. Generators are amazing, but take the time to become familiar with using one. Figure out how to use it now, so that when the emergency comes, it is a quick and easy setup and you aren’t in the cold and dark for any longer than you have to be.
If you have pets, especially exotic pets that require special care and extra heat, you need to have a way to keep them warm and alive if you experience power outages. I have seen a lot of people with birds and snakes, especially struggling with the cold this week and making sure their animals stay alive. You need to prepare for your animals just as much as you do yourself, if you choose to have pets.
Add Coats and Hand Warmers to 72 Hour Kits
We so often focus on preparing our homes and cars for the winter that we forget to prepare our preps too. Adding things like a coat, extra socks, hand/foot warmers, blankets, and long sleeve shirts to our kits will help keep a disaster from turning extra disastrous due to the cold winter conditions.
This is also an excellent time to rotate your food and water, check batteries to make sure none are corroded, make sure you didn’t leave any in your equipment like flashlights, but they are nearby. Because corroded batteries can be thrown away easily if they are separate from the flashlight or whatever they are being used for. But if they start to become corroded inside the flashlight or whatever, the entire thing has to be tossed.
Clean Chimneys and Review Fire Safety Plan
Whenever we think about winter, we automatically think of the cold. Cold, cold, and just really cold. But cold isn’t the only problem winter can bring us.
Fires are a huge problem. Chimneys, furnaces, heaters, and even the Christmas tree. These are all being used during the winter, and oftentimes we aren’t always as mindful of the risks as we should be.
Teach kids to be respectful of space heaters and fireplaces, give the chimney and furnace the TLC that they deserve, change out the filters. All of these things will help prevent fires and keep your home safe.
At the same time, you should be reviewing your fire safety plan and going over that with your kids as well. Everyone in your home should know the plan, practice it, and be both familiar and confident with it.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Don’t wait until it is raining buckets or snowing before you replace your tires, put studded tires on, or buy chains. Everyone else is going to be doing that, and not only will you waste time, the price goes up with the demand, and who knows if you’ll even be able to take care of these things.
Demand wipes out supply. It is just that simple. Remember the great toilet paper shortage that came with Covid? I’ve literally been watching the same thing happening this weekend with the ice storm that knocked out power to thousands. Generators were a hot commodity. Then our town issued a “boil water” notice because the water treatment facility had been without power as well as residential customers. Bottled water was the latest thing to be in short supply.
Be sure that your chains are working properly, you know how to quickly put them on, and they fit correctly. If you need to replace your tires, do it now. Don’t wait until your car is in a ditch and waiting for the snow or ice to melt before it can be pulled out.
Update your car emergency kit. Make sure that you have emergency blankets, hand and foot warmers, a shovel, things like that. They don’t take up much space, and you’ll be grateful you put them in if you do get stuck somewhere.
Be safe when winter starts! Don’t wait until something happens to realize you need supplies and to be better prepared.
Clean Your Roof and Gutters
All the rain on your roof can come at a cost when winter hits if you’re not ready. Now is the time to remove all of the debris and the moss from your roof. These things allow moisture and ice to mess up your shingles, clog up the gutters, and allow water underneath the ice to melt and eat away at the roof until there is a leak.
Gutters need to be clean and clear to quickly remove the water from the roof and take it where it belongs. Check for potential wear spots and shingles that may need replaced or reinforced. It may be too late to replace your roof this season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize the damage.
7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather Notes
Watching the weather in my little corner of the globe reminded me how ill equipped so many people are for winter weather. Yet there are many things we can all do to be better prepared for it, and try to stay ahead of emergencies and things going bad.
Preparing for it doesn’t mean we all planned out and will skate by effortlessly. It means that we can better handle the challenges and curveballs that mother nature throws at us.
These 7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather will help give you some peace of mind and provide you with more safety and security. Winter and the holidays are already busy and stressful. You don’t need more on your plate by not being prepared.
7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather Discussion
Have these 7 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather helped you? Is there anything you would add to this list to help others be better prepared for winter? I want to know about it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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