Weather patterns are changing across the US, with some states getting flooded while other states have a drought emergency. New England had a horrendous 2014-2015 winter and there's a lot of discussion about whether this winter will be just as severe. Regardless of when the next tough winter arrives, it's worth recapping ways that New England homeowners have of preparing for winter storms.
Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe During Winter Storms
- For sidewalks and driveways, you'll need shovels & rock salt. Look for products that meet the EPAs Safer Choice Standard, like Safe Step Sure Paws.
- Make sure you've got an emergency supply kit, and don't forget to check it once a year to refill any supplies that have been used.
- A family communication plan is a great idea, to make sure family members know where to meet and who's responsible for what.
Preparing for Winter Storms & Loss of Power
- Sufficient heating fuel, including wood for the fireplace if your regular fuel gets cut off.
- Like many homeowners after Hurricane Sandy, a stand-by generator means you're protected if you lose power. You can buy a small, portable generator or one that requires permanent installation.
Checklist to Help Preparing for Winter Storms
Once you've made sure your family is safe and warm, your next priority is to make sure your house will weather the storms with minimal or no damage.
- Learn how to shut off water in case a pipe bursts.
- Get a roof rake so you can remove snow from your roof, and get it early before they're gone!
- Install an ice dam prevention system where you have trouble spots (Read: Ice Dams: Why They Happen and What To Do)