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Preparing Your Home for a Snow Storm

December 29, 2015

Preparing Your Home for a Snow Storm

With wintertime comes harsh winter weather, including snow, sleet, and chilling temperatures. Snowstorms can be dangerous due to the quickness in which they descend upon an area and the volume of precipitation they produce. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare your house to keep both you and your home safe this winter.

How do you prepare your home for a snowstorm?

  • Always have emergency supplies ready. Snow can quickly cover your home and trap you inside. If you have not made preparations in advance, you could be left with no food, water, or other emergency supplies. If the snow storm lasts a long time, that can turn into a serious problem. Have an emergency kit filled with extra food, water, and first aid supplies on hand to ensure you are equipped regardless of how long you may be trapped inside.
  • Winterize your home. Doing so will prepare your home from severe snow that can cause damage to its structure. Cut tree branches that could fall on your home. Clear gutters to prevent from clogging. Repair leaks on your roof. Insulate your pipes. Make sure that your pipes are ready for the cold weather.
  • Check for damage inside your house. Examine your doors and windows to see if there are any broken hinges or cracks that could let cold air or snow in. Repair all damage before the storm hits your area.
  • Double-check your chimneys before using them. You may be tempted to use your chimneys, but do not do so until you have confirmed that the shafts are clear. Clean your chimneys before using them, to ensure there is no buildup from last season that could result in a fire hazard.
  • Install storm shutters. They provide extra protection to your windows, which prevents them from breaking during strong storms and also provides extra insulation.
  • Have a power backup plan. Snowstorms can cause power outages for hours. Make sure your home has a backup plan for emergency lighting and heating to keep your family warm.
  • Prepare your car. It’s important to keep your car safe during a snow storm as well. If possible, keep it inside your garage to safeguard it from the storm. Make sure to winterize your car as well.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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