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Preparation for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather | SERVPRO® of Clinton

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Something that should never be forgotten in the upcoming season of family traditions, holidays and the look forward toward a new year is the importance of staying safe during potentially dangerous weather. Living in Clinton means you’re going to be facing some kind of winter hazards, it’s just a matter of (ahem) degrees. (We’ll see ourselves out, thanks.)

So as winter creeps in, let’s run down the list of things to recall and check in on.

Protect Your Family
One of the most important things you can do to prepare your family is to communicate well. Ensure that your household knows and practices an emergency action plan in order to keep in contact, minimize fear and induce action in the face of distress.

Winterize your vehicle. Check that all necessary parts, including battery and tires, are working, and that all fluids are topped off. Keep a windshield scraper and emergency kit inside, as well as some spare clothes that can keep you warm should it become necessary to shelter in your vehicle.

Protect Your Home
Frozen pipes cause a great deal of headache for homeowners in cold weather, and knowing how to avoid them can keep you in the dry.

Check and maintain all your home heat sources. If you use a fireplace and chimney, make sure it’s clean and well-vented, and handle every fire with caution. Keep extra fuel or wood on hand in case of an extended indoor stay.

You can also maintain thermal comfort indoors by sealing or resealing windows, and adding extra insulation to the attic.

Protect Your Pets
If you’re cold, your pets probably are, too. Bring them inside if you can, and make sure they have somewhere comfortable to stay. If you have horses or livestock, see to it that they have adequate shelter and a way to get non-frozen water.

Watch for Melts and Flooding
Melting ice and snow can result in dangerous floods, which put homes and businesses at risk. Always let local news and weather alerts help you stay on top of potential dangers such as these.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

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