The Farmers’ Almanac warned us that this would be a harsh winter and they were right. So far, this January has been the coldest on record since 1977 and we aren’t through yet. We hope, that before the season started, you got ready by draining outside
faucets and cleaning out gutters. If you didn’t, there is still time. Don’t risk burst water pipes or ice dams up on your gutters and as both can end up being very costly.
With more storms coming our way, what else can you do to prepare? Here are our eight top tips:
- Ensure you have a working alternative heating source. Many regions have seen power outages and in this weather, that means your house will get cold quickly! Invest in a generator or wood burning stove. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney swept
and a pile of logs ready!
- Keep your torch to hand, as well as a plenty of blankets. Have candles have a back-up in case the torch fails.
- Examine your house for any holes where heat could be escaping. Blocking holes and caulking around doors and windows can save you a lot of money and help keep you warmer… not to mention keep the critters out!
- Stock up on pantry essentials and try to pre-cook meals. Having food at home means you don’t have to venture out if you don’t have too, especially if roads are icy. Many meals can be pre-cooked and frozen ahead of time.
- Make sure you have sand, salt or ice-melt ready, as well as a snow shovel (or snow blower). With so many snow events already, your winter reserves may be running lower than expected.
- Check you have adequate supplies in your car in case you get stuck while out. Dried food, water and blankets are a must-have this time of year.
- Keep an eye on your tires. Your car may alert you of low-tire pressure, but it may just be the cold temperatures. Visually check your tires to make sure it is just that. If they are looking low, get them filled to the correct amounts as your car will
- Lastly, don’t forget to check in on your elderly neighbours. Offer to bring them meals and help them with their snow removal.